islet of Langerhans

islet of Langerhans

[lahng-er-hahns, -hahnz, lahng-ger-]
noun Anatomy.
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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