Islets of Langerhans


Islets of Langerhans
Groups of cells found within the pancreas: A cells and B cells secrete insulin and glucagon. See also D cells.

Dictionary of molecular biology. 2004.

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  • 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 — or islands of Langerhans [läŋ′ər hänz΄] n. 〚after P. Langerhans (1847 88), Ger histologist〛 irregular groups of endocrine cells in the pancreas that produce the hormone insulin: their degeneration may cause diabetes mellitus * * * …   Universalium

  • islets of Langerhans — or islands of Langerhans [läŋ′ər hänz΄] n. [after P. Langerhans (1847 88), Ger histologist] irregular groups of endocrine cells in the pancreas that produce the hormone insulin: their degeneration may cause diabetes mellitus …   English World dictionary

  • islets of Langerhans — ► PLURAL NOUN ▪ groups of cells in the pancreas that secrete the hormones insulin and glucagon. ORIGIN named after the German anatomist Paul Langerhans (1847 88) …   English terms dictionary

  • 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

  • islets of Langerhans — /ˌaɪləts əv ˈlæŋəhæns/ (say .uyluhts uhv languhhans) plural noun See pancreas. Also, islands of Langerhans. {named after Paul Langerhans, 1847–88, German physician} …   Australian English dictionary

  • islets of Langerhans — noun cell clusters in the pancreas that form the endocrine part of that organ; secrete insulin and other hormones • Syn: ↑islands of Langerhans, ↑isles of Langerhans • Hypernyms: ↑endocrine gland, ↑endocrine, ↑ductless gland • …   Useful english dictionary

  • islets of Langerhans — small groups of endocrine cells scattered through the material of the pancreas. There are three main histological types: alpha (a) cells, which secrete glucagon; beta (b) cells, which produce insulin; and delta (d) cells, which release… …   Medical dictionary

  • islets of Langerhans — [ laŋəhanz] plural noun groups of pancreatic cells secreting insulin and glucagon. Origin C19: named after the German anatomist Paul Langerhans …   English new terms dictionary

  • islets of Langerhans — small groups of endocrine cells scattered through the material of the pancreas. There are three main histological types: alpha (α) cells, which secrete glucagon; beta (β) cells, which produce insulin; and D cells, which release somatostatin and… …   The new mediacal dictionary


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