islets of Langerhans

islands of Langerhans

/ (ˈlæŋəˌhæns) /

pl n
  1. small groups of endocrine cells in the pancreas that secrete the hormones insulin and glucagon

Origin of islets of Langerhans

C19: named after Paul Langerhans (1847–88), German physician

Words Nearby islets of Langerhans

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Scientific definitions for islets of Langerhans

islets of Langerhans

[ īlĭts əv längər-häns′ ]

  1. 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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