pineal gland

pineal gland
noun Date: 1712 a small usually conical appendage of the brain of all craniate vertebrates that functions primarily as an endocrine organ and that in a few reptiles has the essential structure of an eye — called also pineal, pineal body, pineal organ

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  • pineal gland — noun /pʌɪˈniːəl ˌɡland/ A small, pinecone shaped endocrine gland found near the centre of the brain that produces melatonin. Syn: epiphysis, pineal body …   Wiktionary

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