The thyroid is an organ that is considered part of the endocrine, or hormone, system. It is located in the neck below the Adam's apple. The thyroid's main purpose is to produce thyroid hormones. These hormones then travel through the bloodstream to all the other tissues and organs to help control metabolism in adults and growth, development, and metabolism in children.
Location and picture of the thyroid gland. Note two lobes of the thyroid, similar to butterfly wings.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/31/2014
Stephanie L Lee, MD, PhD, FACE
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