The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that lies in front of the windpipe (trachea), just below the voice box (larynx). The thyroid gland uses iodine from food to make two thyroid hormones: thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). The thyroid gland stores these hormones and releases them as they are needed.
Current as of: April 29, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Matthew I. Kim, MD - Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism