accessory organ


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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
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Effects on the Relative Weight of Sex and Accessory Organs. As summarized in Table 5 and illustrated in Figure 9, both doses (ME1 and ME2) of the leaf-methanolic extract induced an increase in relative weight of sex and accessory organs, with a significant (p < 0.05) effect on the testes compared to both Viagra and distilled water-treated rats.
Women also have essential sex organs or gonads: the ovaries, and accessory organs; fallopian tubes, uterus, vagina, vulva and breasts.
of California, San Diego) and an international group of practitioners explain techniques used in laparoscopic surgery of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tracts, accessory organs, and retroperitoneum, as well as aortic aneurysms, breast ductoscopy, and the evaluation of abdominal trauma.
A 1952 Liggett ad cited in Cipollone, for example, announced, "Nose, Throat, and Accessory Organs Not Adversely Affected by Smoking Chesterfields." Even at a time when evidence about the health effects of smoking was still emerging, such claims were reckless, and they can reasonably be viewed as guarantees of safety.