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Glossary: parathyroid hormone, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

parathyroid hormone

(PAYR-uh-THY-royd HOR-mone)

A substance made by the parathyroid gland that helps the body store and use calcium. A higher-than-normal amount of parathyroid hormone causes high levels of calcium in the blood and may be a sign of disease. Also called parathormone, parathyrin, and PTH.