islet of Langerhans
Etymology: Paul Langerhans died 1888 German physician Date: 1896 any of the groups of small slightly granular endocrine cells that form anastomosing trabeculae among the tubules and alveoli of the pancreas and secrete insulin and glucagon

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  • islet of Langerhans — islet of Lang·er·hans läŋ ər .hänz, .hän(t)s n any of the groups of small slightly granular endocrine cells that form anastomosing trabeculae among the tubules and alveoli of the pancreas and secrete insulin and glucagon called also islet… …   Medical dictionary

  • islet of langerhans — ˈläŋə(r)ˌhän(t)s, hänz Usage: usually capitalized L Etymology: after Paul Langerhans died 1888 German physician : any of the groups of small slightly granular endocrine cells that form anastomosing trabeculae among the tubules and alveoli of the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • islet of Langerhans — /lahng euhr hahns , hahnz , lahng geuhr /, Anat. any of several masses of endocrine cells in the pancreas that secrete insulin, somatostatin, and glucagon. Also called island of Langerhans. [named after Paul Langerhans (1847 88), German anatomist …   Universalium

  • islet of Langerhans — is′let of Lang′er•hans [[t]ˈlɑŋ ərˌhɑns, ˌhɑnz[/t]] n. anat. any of the clusters of endocrine cells in the pancreas that are specialized to secrete insulin, somatostatin, or glucagon Also called is′land of Lang′erhans. Etymology: after Paul… …   From formal English to slang

  • islet of Langerhans cell — A pancreatic cell that produces hormones (e.g., insulin and glucagon) that are secreted into the bloodstream. These hormones help control the level of glucose (sugar) in the blood. Also called endocrine pancreas cell and islet cell …   English dictionary of cancer terms

  • island of langerhans — Usage: usually capitalized L Etymology: after Paul Langerhans died 1888 more at islet of langerhans : islet of langerhans …   Useful english dictionary

  • island of Langerhans — island of Lang·er·hans läŋ ər .hänz, .hän(t)s n ISLET OF LANGERHANS …   Medical dictionary

  • area of langerhans — Usage: usually capitalized L : islet of langerhans …   Useful english dictionary

  • Islets of Langerhans — is the area in which the endocrine (i.e., hormone producing) cells of the pancreas are grouped. Discovered in 1869 by the famous German pathological anatomist Paul Langerhans, the islets of Langerhans constitute approximately 1 to 2% of the mass… …   Wikipedia

  • Islets of Langerhans — Known as the insulin producing tissue, the islets of Langerhans do more than that. They are groups of specialized cells in the pancreas that make and secrete hormones. Named after the German pathologist Paul Langerhans (1847 1888), who discovered …   Medical dictionary

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