pancreas definition

  • noun:
    • A long, irregularly formed gland in vertebrates, lying behind the stomach, that secretes pancreatic liquid into the duodenum and insulin, glucagon, and somatostatin in to the bloodstream.
    • The sweetbread, a gland related to the intestine of most vertebrates. It is almost always elongated and light-colored, and its secretion, labeled as the pancreatic liquid, is released, often alongside the bile, in to the upper an element of the intestines, and it is a powerful facilitate food digestion. See Illust. of Digestive apparatus.
    • A lobulated racemose gland, positioned in the abdomen close to the belly, expanding transversely through the area of the liver compared to that for the spleen, usually inclosed in a loop associated with the duodenum, and pouring its secretion, pancreatic liquid, to the duodenum by one or a number of ducts.
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    • a sizable elongated exocrine gland located behind the belly; secretes pancreatic liquid and insulin

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