- a gland, situated near the stomach, that secretes a digestive fluid into the intestine through one or more ducts and also secretes the hormone insulin.
Origin of pancreas
Related Words for pancreasheart, marrow, stomach, tongue, tripe, brains, chitlins, chitterlings, giblets, gizzard, kidneys, liver, pancreas, sweetbread, testis, thymus
Examples from the Web for pancreas
Contemporary Examples of pancreas
The shot damaged his liver, lungs, pancreas and spleen and has left him paralyzed from the waist down.Childhood Denied
October 2, 2013
The internal injuries cost him his spleen and part of his pancreas, but he could skate without those.The Fall and Rise of Skateboarder Danny Renaud
August 21, 2013
Eventually Jobs did have surgery, but by then it was too late—the cancer had spread beyond his pancreas.Steve Jobs, Unvarnished
October 24, 2011
Steve Jobs was right to be optimistic when, in 2004, he announced that he had cancer in his pancreas.Jobs Authorized Bio For Kids
October 7, 2011
The surgery removes the right side of the pancreas, the gallbladder, and parts of the stomach, bile duct, and small intestine.Jobs’s Unorthodox Treatment
October 6, 2011
Historical Examples of pancreas
What does this great combination of powers in the pancreas mean?A Handbook of Health
The gall bladder was filled with bile, and the pancreas indurated.Cases of Organic Diseases of the Heart
John Collins Warren
So late as 1840, there was yet no clear understanding of the action of the pancreas.Experiments on Animals
The liver and spleen are generally normal, as is the pancreas.Scurvy Past and Present
Alfred Fabian Hess
Cancer of the pancreas can cause severe depression and insomnia.When You Don't Know Where to Turn
Steven J. Bartlett
- a large elongated glandular organ, situated behind the stomach, that secretes insulin and pancreatic juice
Word Origin for pancreas
Word Origin and History for pancreas
- A lobulated gland without a capsule, extending from the concavity of the duodenum to the spleen, consisting of a flattened head within the duodenal concavity, an elongated three-sided body extending across the abdomen, and a tail touching the spleen, and secreting insulin and glucagon internally and pancreatic juice externally into the intestine.
- A long, irregularly shaped gland in vertebrate animals that is located behind the stomach and is part of the digestive system. It secretes hormones (insulin, glucagon, and somatostatin) into the bloodstream and digestive enzymes into the small intestine or gut. The pancreas also secretes sodium bicarbonate, which protects the lining of the intestine by neutralizing acids from the stomach.
A gland behind the stomach that functions in both the endocrine system and the digestive system. Its endocrine function involves the secretion into the bloodstream of insulin, which regulates the level of sugars in the blood. As part of the digestive system, the pancreas secretes into the small intestine a fluid containing enzymes that is used in the digestion of all foods.