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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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One interesting project in course, dubbed "PANAGENESI," aims to optimize the implanting of human pancreatic islands through the use of fibrin scaffold.
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The goal of the PANAGENESI project is to optimize the rooting of islands in the transplant site through the use of fibrin variable circular section scaffolds, consequently reducing the number of pancreatic islands necessary for the transplant's full success and prolongation of their function over time.