Islets-of-langerhans meaning

īlĭts; längər-häns
Irregular clusters of endocrine cells scattered throughout the tissue of the pancreas that secrete insulin and glucagon.
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Irregular groups of endocrine cells in the pancreas that produce the hormone insulin: their degeneration may cause diabetes mellitus.
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Irregular clusters of endocrine cells scattered throughout the tissue of the pancreas that secrete insulin and glucagon.
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Irregular clusters of endocrine cells that are scattered throughout the tissue of the pancreas. The islets of Langerhans contain cells that produce and secrete the hormones insulin and glucagon.
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(anatomy, biology) Regions in the pancreas that contain its endocrine cells.
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Origin of islets-of-langerhans

  • After Paul Langerhans (1847–1888), German pathologist

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Named after Paul Langerhans, the German anatomist who discovered these regions in the pancreas.

    From Wiktionary