Anatomy & Physiology Endocrine #13

Question

Which student statement regarding the function of the pituitary gland requires clarification from the instructor?

Answers

  1. “The pituitary gland plays a significant role in development.”
    • Rationale:

      This student statement requires clarification from the instructure because while the pituitary gland plays a significant role in physical growth, it does not play a meaningful role in development. Development is defined as the progressive acquisition of various skills.

  2. “The pituitary gland plays a significant role in maintaining blood pressure.”
    • Rationale:

      This student statement does not require clarification because the pituitary gland does play a role in maintaining blood pressure.

  3. “The pituitary gland plays a significant role in fluid balance within the body.”
    • Rationale:

      This student statement does not require clarification because the pituitary gland does play a role in maintaining fluid balance within the body.

  4. “The pituitary gland plays a significant role in the process of labor during childbirth.”
    • Rationale:

      This student statement does not require clarification because the pituitary gland does play a role in the process of labor during childbirth.

Overview

The endocrine system is the collection of glands. These glands produce hormones that regulate many functions within the body.

Explanation

Learning Outcomes

The pituitary gland controls and coordinates several different functions with the body. These functions include the:
Blood pressure
Fluid balance
Growth
Maturation of sexual organs
Metabolism
Labor process during childbirth
Production of human milk for breastfeeding.
While the pituitary gland plays a significant role in physical growth, it does not play a role in development; therefore, the student statement, “The pituitary gland plays a significant role in development,” requires clarification from the instructor.

Test Taking Tip

The terminology, “requires clarification” indicates that the correct choice for this question is a false statement regarding the function of the pituitary gland.

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