Islets Of Langerhans Definition

īlĭts; längər-häns
Irregular clusters of endocrine cells scattered throughout the tissue of the pancreas that secrete insulin and glucagon.
American Heritage Medicine
Irregular groups of endocrine cells in the pancreas that produce the hormone insulin: their degeneration may cause diabetes mellitus.
Webster's New World
  • isles of Langerhans
  • islands of langerhans

Origin of Islets Of Langerhans

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

    From Wiktionary

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

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

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