noun. any one of four endocrine glands situated above or within the thyroid gland.
- endocrine gland
- parathyroid gland
- para- (English)
- παρά (Ancient Greek (to 1453))
- thyroid (English)
- θυρεοειδής (Ancient Greek (to 1453))
Example sentences of the word parathyroid
1. Noun, singular or mass
Too much phosphorous can also lead to bone loss as it triggers the release of the parathyroid hormone that causes the body to remove calcium and phosphorous from the bones.
With the calcium not going to the bones due to the parathyroid disease, it has to end up somewhere.
3. Verb, base form
This condition is usually diagnosed through blood tests that show elevated calcium and parathyroid hormone levels.