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Pituitary Gland
Nervous System

Pituitary Gland

Glandula pituitaria

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The pituitary gland (aka hypophysis, or pituitary body) gland is connected to the hypothalamus by the infundibulum and lies in the sella turcica. The pituitary has two main parts; the anterior pituitary (aka adenohypophysis) and the posterior pituitary (aka neurohypophysis). It is under the control of the hypothalamus and forms a link between the brain and endocrine system. The adenohypophysis receives signals from parvocellular neurons and the neurohypophysis receives signals from magnocellular neurons to secrete nine hormones.

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