islets of langerhans

World English Dictionary
islets of Langerhans or islands of Langerhans (ˈlæŋəˌhæns)
 
pl n
small groups of endocrine cells in the pancreas that secrete the hormones insulin and glucagon
 
[C19: named after Paul Langerhans (1847--88), German physician]
 
islands of Langerhans or islands of Langerhans
 
pl n
 
[C19: named after Paul Langerhans (1847--88), German physician]

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islets of Langerhans pl.n.
Irregular clusters of endocrine cells scattered throughout the tissue of the pancreas that secrete insulin and glucagon. Also called islands of Langerhans.

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islets of Langerhans   (ī'lĭts əv läng'ər-häns')  Pronunciation Key 
Irregular clusters of endocrine cells that are scattered throughout the tissue of the pancreas. The islets of Langerhans contain cells that produce and secrete the hormones insulin and glucagon.
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