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1. pertaining to the pituitary gland.
3. a preparation of the pituitary glands of animals, used therapeutically.
pituitary gland an endocrine gland located at the base of the brain in a small recess of the sphenoid bone called the sella turcica. It is attached by the hypophyseal stalk to the hypothalamus and is divided into an anterior lobe (the adenohypophysis) and a posterior lobe (the neurohypophysis), which differ in embryological function and origin. Called also hypophysis.

The adenohypophysis originates from epithelial tissue. The adenohypophysis secretes six important hormones: growth hormone, thyroid-stimulating hormone or thyrotropin, adrenocorticotropic hormone or corticotropin, prolactin, follicle-stimulating hormone, and luteinizing hormone. Most of these hormones are tropic hormones, which regulate the growth, development, and proper functioning of other endocrine glands and are of vital importance to the growth, maturation, and reproduction of the individual. Secretion of the anterior pituitary hormones is controlled by releasing and inhibiting hormones produced by the hypothalamus. Information gathered by the nervous system about the well-being of an individual is collected in the hypothalamus and used to control the secretion of hormones by the pituitary gland. The hypothalamic releasing and inhibiting hormones are transported to the pituitary gland by way of the hypothalamic-hypophyseal portal system in which the hypothalamic venules connect with the capillaries of the anterior pituitary.

The neurohypophysis originates from neural tissue; it stores and secretes two hormones, oxytocin and vasopressin (antidiuretic hormone). These hormones are synthesized in the cell bodies of neurons located in the hypothalamus and transported along the axons to the terminals located in the neurohypophysis and are released in response to neural stimulation.

Surgical removal of part or all of the pituitary gland is called hypophysectomy and is usually done for treatment of a pituitary tumor. Because of its influence on the adrenal cortex and other endocrine glands, removal of the pituitary gland has widespread effects on the body. See hypophysectomy.
The pituitary gland and its relationship to the hypothalamus.
posterior pituitary neurohypophysis.
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Relating to a hypophysis.
Synonym(s): hypophyseal
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Relating to a hypophysis.
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The superior hypophysial artery feeds into a capillary plexus that is located in the median eminence of the hypothalamus.
These pituitary hormones diffuse into the secondary capillary plexus and enter the general circulation through the hypophysial vein.
The plain skull radiographs revealed an enlarged pituitary fossa with erosion of posterior clinoid caused by a non-functional hypophysial adenoma of 28 mm diameter.
This relationship can be seen when concentrations of GnRH and LH are measured in sequential blood samples collected simultaneously from hypophysial portal and peripheral blood vessels (Figure 8-4).
Hypophysis An endocrine gland suspended from the ventral surface of the hypothalamus and embedded in the hypophysial fossa, which is a depression in the dorsal surface of the sphenoid bone.
In the human fetus, the thyroid and the hypophysial TSH system begin to function at around 11 weeks of gestation, and [T.sub.4] secretion begins at around 18-20 weeks of gestation (14).