posterior pituitary gland


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Related to posterior pituitary gland: anterior pituitary gland, gastrulation, hypothalamus, thyroid gland
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Noun1.posterior pituitary gland - the posterior lobe of the pituitary body; primarily glandular in nature
ductless gland, endocrine gland, endocrine - any of the glands of the endocrine system that secrete hormones directly into the bloodstream
hypophysis, pituitary, pituitary body, pituitary gland - the master gland of the endocrine system; located at the base of the brain
pars intermedia - a thin piece of tissue that has become part of the posterior pituitary
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The posterior pituitary gland or neurohypophysis secretes antidiuretic hormone (ADH) and oxytocin (Table 1).
Oxytocin is a nine amino-acid peptide that is synthesized by the hypothalamus and secreted by the posterior pituitary gland, in close proximity to neurons that synthesize and secrete vasopressin.
DI may occur due to disruption of the hypothalamo-pituitary stalk or trauma to the posterior pituitary gland temporarily impairing anti-diuretic hormone (ADH) secretion (6).

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