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posterior pituitary

 

Definition: the cleaned, dried, and powdered posterior lobe obtained from the pituitary body of domestic animals used for food by humans; an oxytocic, vasoconstrictor, antidiuretic, and stimulant of intestinal motility.

Synonym(s): desiccated pituitary, hypophysis sicca

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