• Human anatomy

    An overview of Pituitary Gland

    It is called master gland (master of endocrine orchestra) as it regulates the functioning of other endocrine glands like thyroid, Adrenal cortex, testes and ovaries etc. However, the secretions of pancreas, thymus and pineal body are not regulated by the hormones of the pituitary. Pituitary is a single or unpaired gland weighing about 0.5 gm. It is present in the ‘Sella tursica’ cavity of Basi-sphenoid bone and is attached to the floor of Diencephalon (hypothalamus) of forebrain through a stalk called Infundibulum. As it is present below diencephalon of fore-brain it is also known as Hypophysis cerebri. In mammals, it is ectodermal in origin. It consists of two-parts – (1)…

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