Know about different glands of Endocrine System : Thymus & Pineal Glands

Let us have a look at the different glands of the endocrine system like thymus and pineal glands, which are the least known glands of the endocrine system.

What are the different glands of the Endocrine System?

Thymus and the pineal glands the least known glands of the endocrine glands.

Endocrine system: 1. Pineal gland, 2. Pituitar...
Endocrine system: 1. Pineal gland, 2. Pituitary gland, 3. Thyroid gland, 4. Thymus, 5. Adrenal gland, 6. Pancreas, 7. Ovary, 8. Testicle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pineal gland:

English: Picture of pituitary and pineal glands
English: Picture of pituitary and pineal glands (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The pineal gland is located near the hypothalamus, at the base of the brain. It is a tiny, pine cone shaped body. It has some follicles which have glandular function and some calcium containing bits, which is referred to as the brain sand. Its function is not known accurately.

Thymus gland:

list of the hormones found in the endocrine gl...
list of the hormones found in the endocrine glandes on the nervous system (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The thymus gland shrinks up with increasing age and as person grows up. It is located in the middle of the chest, midway between the base of the neck and the breast line. The secretions of the thymus plays an important role in the body’s natural immunity defenses.

Anterior view of the thymus gland, an organ of...
Anterior view of the thymus gland, an organ of the lymphatic system. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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