Origin of pancreasModern Latin from Classical Greek pankreas from pan, all (see pan-) + kreas, flesh (see crude)
An illustration of the pancreas.
An example of a pancreas is the organ that produces insulin to regulate glucose in the body.
Origin of pancreasGreek pankreas pan- pan- kreas flesh ; see kreuə- in Indo-European roots.
(plural pancreases or pancreata)
- (anatomy) A gland near the stomach which secretes a fluid into the duodenum to help with food digestion. The fluid contains protease, carbohydrase and lipase, which breaks down larger molecules into smaller pieces. The pancreas also produces the hormones insulin and glucagon which regulate blood sugar. These hormones are released into the cardiovascular system.
Existing in English since the sixteenth century: from Latin pancreas, from Ancient Greek Ï€Î¬Î³ÎºÏÎµÎ±Ï‚ (pankreas), from Ï€á¾¶Î½ (pan, “all") (equivalent to English pan-) + ÎºÏÎÎ±Ï‚ (kreas, “flesh").
- The part of the pancreas in digestion also is better understood.
- This passes to the pancreas and causes increased secretion from that gland.
- A third enzyme, the trypsin of the pancreas, possesses the power of both pepsin and erepsin.
- The pancreas has two lobes or branches, a long one passing to the left and reaching the spleen, and a shorter right lobe.
- These are sometimes erroneously spoken of as the "roots" of cancer, and in the case of cancer of the stomach they may fix it to the pancreas, the liver, the bowels or the spine.