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Islets of Langerhans

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Description of Islets of Langerhans

Islets of Langerhans: cell clusters in the pancreas that form the endocrine part of that organ; secrete insulin and other hormones.
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Islets of Langerhans: Irregular microscopic structures consisting of cords of endocrine cells that are scattered throughout the PANCREAS among the exocrine acini. Each islet is surrounded by connective tissue fibers and penetrated by a network of capillaries. There are four major cell types. The most abundant beta cells (50-80%) secrete INSULIN. Alpha cells (5-20%) secrete GLUCAGON. PP cells (10-35%) secrete PANCREATIC POLYPEPTIDE. Delta cells (~5%) secrete SOMATOSTATIN.
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Islets of Langerhans as an Organ

Islets of Langerhans (organ): The islets of Langerhans are a specialized group of...more »

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Broader terms for Islets of Langerhans

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The following terms can be used for Islets of Langerhans

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Hierarchical classifications of Islets of Langerhans

The following list attempts to classify Islets of Langerhans into categories where each line is subset of the next.

WordNet 2.1

  • ductless gland,endocrine,endocrine gland
  • gland,secreter,secretor,secretory organ
  • organ
  • body part
  • part,piece
  • thing
  • entity

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