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islet of Langerhans

[lahng-er-hahns, -hahnz, lahng-ger-] /ˈlɑŋ ərˌhɑns, -ˌhɑnz, ˈlɑŋ gər-/
noun, Anatomy
1.
any of several masses of endocrine cells in the pancreas that secrete insulin, somatostatin, and glucagon.
Also called island of Langerhans.
Origin
named after Paul Langerhans (1847-88), German anatomist, who described them in 1869
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