islets of Langerhans


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is·lets of Lang·er·hans

 (ī′lĭts; läng′ər-häns′)
pl.n.
Irregular clusters of endocrine cells scattered throughout the tissue of the pancreas that secrete insulin and glucagon. Also called islands of Langerhans.

[After Paul Langerhans (1847-1888), German pathologist.]

islets of Langerhans

(ˈlæŋəˌhæns) or

islands of Langerhans

pl n
(Anatomy) small groups of endocrine cells in the pancreas that secrete the hormones insulin and glucagon
[C19: named after Paul Langerhans (1847–88), German physician]

is·lets of Lang·er·hans

(ī′lĭts əv läng′ər-häns′)
Irregular clusters of endocrine cells that are scattered throughout the tissue of the pancreas and secrete insulin.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.islets of Langerhans - cell clusters in the pancreas that form the endocrine part of that organ; secrete insulin and other hormones
ductless gland, endocrine gland, endocrine - any of the glands of the endocrine system that secrete hormones directly into the bloodstream
pancreas - a large elongated exocrine gland located behind the stomach; secretes pancreatic juice and insulin
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In 1910, British researcher Sir Edward Albert Sharpey-Shafer suggested that people with diabetes were deficient in a single chemical produced by the pancreas and proposed calling it insulin, from the Latin term "insula," meaning "island" and referring to the islets of Langerhans in the pancreas.
Type 1 diabetics lose insulin-producing islets of langerhans at a young age.
The first human tissue Prellis Biologics will print for clinical development are Islets of Langerhans, the functional unit of the pancreas that produces insulin.
Moreover, ghrelinimmun-oreactivy was primarily detected in the periphery of the islets of Langerhans where the cell population consists mainly of [alpha] cells.
Revascularization and microcirculation of freely grafted islets of Langerhans.
Pancreatic NETs are also called islet cell tumors, because the endocrine cells of the pancreas are commonly located in clusters, anatomically called islets of Langerhans [1].
The islets of Langerhans differentiate and diffuse into the organ in the third month of fetal life.
Objective: Background:Hyperinsulinaemic hypoglycaemia (HH) is a potentially lethal disease caused by over functioning beta cells derived from the pancreatic islets of Langerhans.
Insulin arises from the pancreatic islets of Langerhans, themselves discovered in 1869 by medical student Paul Langerhans.
For more on insulin and the islets of Langerhans, see Appendix 2.
Pancreas dorsal lobe agenesis and abnormal islets of Langerhans in Hlxb9-deficient mice.
Objective: To observe the effects of sodium cyclamate on islets of langerhans in rats pancreas.