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The pituitary gland

The pituitary gland
The pituitary is a gland attached to the base of the brain. The gland secretes hormones that govern the onset of puberty, sexual development, and reproductive function. Because it controls so many endocrine glands, the pituitary is sometimes called the "master" gland.




Review Date: 1/25/2013
Reviewed By: Harvey Simon, MD, Editor-in-Chief, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Senior Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital.
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