pineal body


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Related to pineal body: cerebral aqueduct, Corpora quadrigemina

pin′eal gland`


n.
a small, cone-shaped endocrine organ in the posterior forebrain, secreting melatonin and involved in biorhythms and gonadal development. Also called epiphysis.
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Noun1.pineal body - a small endocrine gland in the brainpineal body - a small endocrine gland in the brain; situated beneath the back part of the corpus callosum; secretes melatonin
ductless gland, endocrine gland, endocrine - any of the glands of the endocrine system that secrete hormones directly into the bloodstream
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pineal body

[ˈpɪnɪəlˌbɒdɪ] pineal gland [ˈpɪnɪəlˌglænd] Nglándula f pineal
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The centre of brain consists of a pinecone shaped structure called pineal body or pineal gland.
Calcium deposition may normally be seen in the choroid plexus, pineal body, falx and Pacchionian bodies: many pathological conditions may also result in calcification.
Peripheral calcifications are thought to be native pineal body calcifications displaced by the tumor, whereas the central calcifications are produced by the tumor itself.