thymus gland

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Noun1.Thymus gland - a ductless glandular organ at the base of the neck that produces lymphocytes and aids in producing immunitythymus gland - a ductless glandular organ at the base of the neck that produces lymphocytes and aids in producing immunity; atrophies with age
ductless gland, endocrine gland, endocrine - any of the glands of the endocrine system that secrete hormones directly into the bloodstream
immune system - a system (including the thymus and bone marrow and lymphoid tissues) that protects the body from foreign substances and pathogenic organisms by producing the immune response
cervix, neck - the part of an organism (human or animal) that connects the head to the rest of the body; "he admired her long graceful neck"; "the horse won by a neck"
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In this remarkable achievement, scientists were able to create a functioning thymus gland that helps oversee the regulation of our immune system.
This collection of short chain peptides are powerful immune modulators that help regulate the thymus gland and stimulate the production of either helper or suppressor T lymphocytes, depending on the need to either stimulate or suppress immune system activity.
oropharynx, salivary gland), central nervous systems, pancreas, rectum, esophagus, breast (male and female), testis, inter-abdominal lymphoid tissue, thymus gland, bone and others.
Studies show a correlation between zinc deficiency in geriatric patients and reduced activity of the thymus gland and thymic hormones, decreased response to vaccinations, and reduced immunity (Hse and Rink, 2009) and its deficiency has also been linked with delayed wound healing, and has been found to be crucial to the healing of gastric ulcers especially at the early stage (Kennan and Morris, 1993; Andrews and Gallagher-Allred, 1999; Watanabe, 1995).
He was the first surgeon on Long Island to perform robotic-assisted bilobectomy lung surgery and robotic-assisted surgical removal of the thymus gland.
In terms of anatomy, sweetbreads are the thymus gland of young calves, lambs, pigs, and kids.
Thymus gland, vessel structures or any other tissue was not observed in the venous tuft region or in the mediastinum.
For example, one early treatment might be for the genetic disease DeGeorge syndrome, in which some newborns are born without a thymus gland and die in infancy.
When I first took a close look at this sweetener, I discovered animal studies that found it shrinks the thymus gland (the foundation of your immune system) and enlarges the kidneys and liver.
The programme has grown from strength to strength and now includes procedures such as internal mammary artery harvest, removal of the thymus gland, mitral valve repair, closure of congenital heart defects and most recently the lung lobectomy.