islet of Langerhans

[ lahng-er-hahns, -hahnz, lahng-ger- ]
/ ˈlɑŋ ərˌhɑns, -ˌhɑnz, ˈlɑŋ gər- /

noun Anatomy.

any of several masses of endocrine cells in the pancreas that secrete insulin, somatostatin, and glucagon.

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Also called island of Langerhans.

Origin of islet of Langerhans

Named after Paul Langerhans (1847–88), German anatomist, who described them in 1869

Words nearby islet of Langerhans

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