pineal body

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In vertebrates other than humans, an outgrowth of the fore brain that secretes hormones affecting reproductive behaviour. In mammals that have a regular oestrus cycle its secretion of melatonin inhibits development of the gonads; the pineal may have a similar function in human children.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences — Chemistry.

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