What are the ductless glands?

ductless gland

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ductless gland

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en′docrine gland`

any gland, as the thyroid, adrenal, or pituitary gland, that secretes hormones into the blood or lymph; ductless gland.

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gland, secreter, secretor, secretory organ – any of various organs that synthesize substances needed by the body and release it through ducts or directly into the bloodstream

endocrine system – the system of glands that produce endocrine secretions that help to control bodily metabolic activity

parathyroid, parathyroid gland – any one of four endocrine glands situated above or within the thyroid gland

adrenal, adrenal gland, suprarenal gland – either of a pair of complex endocrine glands situated near the kidney

prostate, prostate gland – a firm partly muscular chestnut sized gland in males at the neck of the urethra; produces a viscid secretion that is the fluid part of semen

thymus gland, thymus – a ductless glandular organ at the base of the neck that produces lymphocytes and aids in producing immunity; atrophies with age

hypophysis, pituitary, pituitary body, pituitary gland – the master gland of the endocrine system; located at the base of the brain

adenohypophysis, anterior pituitary, anterior pituitary gland – the anterior lobe of the pituitary body; primarily glandular in nature

neurohypophysis, pars nervosa, posterior pituitary, posterior pituitary gland – the posterior lobe of the pituitary body; primarily glandular in nature

epiphysis cerebri, pineal body, pineal gland, epiphysis – a small endocrine gland in the brain; situated beneath the back part of the corpus callosum; secretes melatonin

islands of Langerhans, isles of Langerhans, islets of Langerhans – cell clusters in the pancreas that form the endocrine part of that organ; secrete insulin and other hormones

corpus luteum – yellow endocrine tissue that forms in a ruptured Graafian follicle following the release of an ovum; it degenerates after a few days unless pregnancy has begun

ductless gland

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  • adenohypophysis
  • adrenal
  • adrenal cortex
  • adrenal gland
  • adrenal medulla
  • anterior pituitary
  • anterior pituitary gland
  • body
  • corpus luteum
  • ductless
  • endocrine
  • endocrine gland
  • endocrine glands
  • endocrine system
  • epiphysis
  • epiphysis cerebri
  • gland
  • gonad
  • hypophysis

These are among the ductless glands , the functions of which, both in physiology and in connection with the emotions, have only come to be known during recent years.

The Thyroid is an endocrine or ductless gland situated at the base of our neck and is shaped like a butterfly secretes hormones including thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) and calcitron that regulate the body’s metabolism and growth.

In 1776, the thyroid was classified as a ductless gland by Albrecht von Haller and was thought to have numerous functions ranging from lubrication of the larynx to acting as a reservoir for blood to provide continuous flow to the brain.