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islets of Langerhans

plural noun
small groups of endocrine cells in the pancreas that secrete the hormones insulin and glucagon
Word Origin
C19: named after Paul Langerhans (1847–88), German physician
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islands of langerhans in Medicine

islands of Langerhans n.
See islets of Langerhans.

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