accessory organ


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accessory organ

an organ or other distinct collection of tissues that contributes to the function of another similar organ, such as the ocular muscles and eyelids, which contribute to the function of the eye.

accessory organ

An organ or structure that assists the functionality of other organs in a system.
 
Examples
Teeth, tongue, salivary glands, gallbladder, liver, pancreas.

accessory organ

An organ that has a subordinate function.
See also: organ

Accessory organ

A lump of tissue adjacent to an organ that is similar to it, but which serves no important purpose, if functional at all. While not necessarily harmful, such organs can cause problems if they grow too large or become cancerous. In any case, their presence points to an underlying abnormality in the parent organ.
Mentioned in: Abdominal Ultrasound
References in periodicals archive ?
The respiratory organs of air-breathing fish are the accessory organs of gill respiration.
Gastrointestinal diseases involve the organs in the digestive system - oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine and rectum, and the accessory organs of digestions, the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas.
The male reproductive system is comprised of two main elements; essential organs (gonads) for production of gametes and supporting accessory organs (penis), for transporting gametes to their destination (Anthony & Thibodeau 1979).