Schreibman, Martin P. Department of Biology, Brooklyn College, City University of New York, New York, New York.
- Developmental embryology
- Histology and cytology
- Comparative morphology
- Adenohypophysis hormones
- Hypothalamic and neuronal involvement
- Neurohypophysis hormones
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The most structurally and functionally complex organ of the endocrine system. Through its hormones, the pituitary, also known as the hypophysis, affects every physiological process of the body. All vertebrates, beginning with the cyclostomes, have a pituitary gland with a common basic structure and function. In addition to its endocrine functions, the pituitary may play a role in the immune response.
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