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pharyngeal pituitary


Definition: the embryonic remnant of the oral end of the adenohypophysial diverticulum that is cut off from the adenohypophysis by the developing sphenoid bone; composed chiefly of chromophobes and, under normal conditions, considered physiologically inactive.

See: pituitary gland

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