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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Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, the part of the body's germ-fighting network which includes the lymph nodes (lymph glands), spleen, thymus gland and bone marrow.
3 Impaired neural crest contribution leads to the deranged development of the thymus gland in a manner similar to that observed in congenital conditions, such as DiGeorge syndrome.
In mammals, ghrelin-immunopositive (ghrelin-ip) cells have been identified in the intestine, pancreas, heart, liver, hypothalamus, cerebrum, cerebellum, thymus gland, hypothalamic arcuate nucleus, kidneys, and pituitary (Kojima and Kangawa, 2005; Ghelardoni et al.
More recently, she has participated in three trials in her latest battle against recurrent thymic carcinoma, an extremely rare, fast-growing cancer of the thymus gland.
Some people develop the injury after a major operation, such as neck dissection for head and neck cancer, lung surgery, coronary bypass surgery, heart valve or other vascular surgery and thymus gland surgery.
At the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh, a complete thymus gland was made from lab-created cells.
The proline-rich polypeptides (PRPs) have been shown to modulate the thymus gland which produces leukocytes, or activated T-cells, by which the inappropriate hyper-immune reaction is toned down.
The thymus gland is the master gland of the body's immune system.
It consists of a complex network of organs that include the thymus gland, spleen, bone marrow, tonsils and the lymphatic system.
The margins of surgical resection, the lymph nodes sent separately as also the native thymus gland were found to be free of tumour.