The thymus is an organ located in the upper section of the thorax, behind the sternum
. It is in this organ where certain cells
produced by the bone marrow develop, notably those which are involved in the body's defense system, such as T-lymphocytes (T for thymus, distinct from lymphocytes that develop in other organs, such as B-lymphocytes). They are developed, or "educated", by way of the thymic hormones secreted by this organ, notably including thymulin
. This organ is very active in a baby's development, vastly reduces in size, called involution, during the child's 2nd year.
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Latest update on November 12, 2013 at 05:03 AM by Jeff.