islets of Langerhans
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is·lets of Lang·er·hans(ī′lĭts; läng′ər-häns′)
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
(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.
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|Noun||1.||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