islets of Langerhans

islands of Langerhans

/ (ˈlæŋəˌhæns) /

pl n

small groups of endocrine cells in the pancreas that secrete the hormones insulin and glucagon

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Word Origin for islets of Langerhans

C19: named after Paul Langerhans (1847–88), German physician
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Medical definitions for islets of langerhans

islets of Langerhans

pl.n.

Irregular clusters of endocrine cells scattered throughout the tissue of the pancreas that secrete insulin and glucagon.islands of Langerhans
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Scientific definitions for islets of langerhans

islets of Langerhans
[ īlĭts əv längər-häns′ ]

Irregular clusters of endocrine cells that are scattered throughout the tissue of the pancreas. The islets of Langerhans contain cells that produce and secrete the hormones insulin and glucagon.
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