thymus gland

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Noun1.Thymus gland - a ductless glandular organ at the base of the neck that produces lymphocytes and aids in producing immunitythymus gland - a ductless glandular organ at the base of the neck that produces lymphocytes and aids in producing immunity; atrophies with age
ductless gland, endocrine gland, endocrine - any of the glands of the endocrine system that secrete hormones directly into the bloodstream
immune system - a system (including the thymus and bone marrow and lymphoid tissues) that protects the body from foreign substances and pathogenic organisms by producing the immune response
cervix, neck - the part of an organism (human or animal) that connects the head to the rest of the body; "he admired her long graceful neck"; "the horse won by a neck"
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Beta-carotene also fortifies immune system of the body and has a strong impact on thymus gland where immune cells are produced.
The system includes the lymph nodes or the lymph glands, thymus gland, bone marrow and spleen.
The mystery of the thymus gland. Clin Anat 2016; 29: 679-684, doi: 10.1002/ca.22724.
The thymus gland governs this centre and promotes development of cells of the immune system.
CB2 receptors are expressed in the immune system, particularly monocytes and macrophages, as well as B and T cells, and in peripheral tissues including the spleen, tonsils, thymus gland, bone, and, notably, the skin.
[2,5-8] In these cases, and not uncommonly after chemotherapy, reactive enlargement of the lymph nodes, tonsils, and thymus gland can be detected.
For example, thymus gland size decreases in response to use of corticosteroids or immunosuppressants.
Removal of the thymus gland in the chest helps sufferers - though scientists don't really know why.
Blalock removed the thymus gland from a myasthenic patient, who had a thymoma, and noted that the symptoms of myasthenia gravis dissipated.
The effect of stress manifests itself in raised levels of hormones being produced by the adrenals which inhibit white blood cells and influence the thymus gland.
Between 5 and 10 children are born in the United States each year without a thymus gland, the organ that programs T-cells to recognize and attack invaders, such as bacteria and viruses.
Some of these migrate to the thymus gland, which sits above the heart, and there become T cells.