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View in Spanish: Glándula paratiroidea

Parathyroid gland (PAYR-uh-THY-royd)
One of four pea-sized glands found on the surface of the thyroid. The parathyroid hormone made by these glands increases the calcium level in the blood.



 
 
Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.