follicles of thyroid gland -->
folliculi glandulae thyroideae
medical dictionary

<physiology> The small spherical vesicular components of the thyroid gland lined with epithelium and containing colloid in varying amounts. The colloid serves for storage of the thyroid hormone precursor, thyroglobulin.

Synonyms: follicles of thyroid gland.

Origin: L. A small sac, dim. Of follis, bellows

(05 Mar 2000)