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athyreosis

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n. absence of or lack of function of the thyroid gland, causing cretinism in infancy and myxoedema in adult life.

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hypothyroidism

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n. subnormal activity of the thyroid gland. If present at birth and untreated it leads to cretinism. In adult life it causes mental and physical slowing, undue sensitivity to...

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thyroid gland

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A large endocrine gland situated in the base of the neck (see illustration). It consists of two lobes, one on either side of the trachea, that are joined by an isthmus (sometimes a third...

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thyroid hormone

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An iodine-containing substance, synthesized and secreted by the thyroid gland, that is essential for normal metabolic processes and mental and physical development. There are two thyroid...

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tongue

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A muscular organ which plays an important role in mastication, speech, swallowing, cleansing, taste, suckling, and exploring. The lower surface is covered by a thin non-keratinized layer of...

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