islets of Langerhansis·lets of Lang·er·hans
irregular groups of endocrine cells in the pancreas that produce the hormone insulin: their degeneration may cause diabetes mellitus
Origin of islets of Langerhansafter P. Langerhans (1847-88), German histologist
islets of Langerhans
Irregular clusters of endocrine cells scattered throughout the tissue of the pancreas that secrete insulin and glucagon. Also called islands of Langerhans .
Origin of islets of LangerhansAfter Paul Langerhans (1847-1888), German pathologist
(normally plural, singular islet of Langerhans)
Named after Paul Langerhans, the German anatomist who discovered these regions in the pancreas.