thymus etymology

English word thymus comes from Latin thymus ((medicine) A type of wart.)

Detailed word origin of thymus

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
thymus Latin (lat) (medicine) A type of wart.
thymus English (eng) (anatomy, immunology) A ductless gland, consisting mainly of lymphatic tissue, located behind the top of the breastbone. It is most active during puberty, after which it shrinks in size. It plays an important role in the development of the immune system and produces lymphocytes.

Words with the same origin as thymus

Descendants of thymus