islands of Langerhans


islands of Langerhans
noun
cell clusters in the pancreas that form the endocrine part of that organ; secrete insulin and other hormones
Hypernyms: ↑endocrine gland, ↑endocrine, ↑ductless gland
Part Holonyms: ↑pancreas

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islands of Langerhans same as ↑islets of Langerhans (see under ↑isle).
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Main Entry:island

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • islands of Langerhans — [läŋ′ər hänz΄] see ISLETS OF LANGERHANS * * * …   Universalium

  • islands of Langerhans — [läŋ′ər hänz΄] see ISLETS OF LANGERHANS …   English World dictionary

  • islands of Langerhans — see under islet …   Medical dictionary

  • Langerhans, islets of — or islands of Langerhans Irregularly shaped patches of endocrine tissue in the pancreas. The normal human pancreas has about one million of them. Beta cells, the most common islet cells, produce insulin to regulate blood glucose. (Inadequate… …   Universalium

  • Langerhans islets — or Langerhans islands n. ISLETS OF LANGERHANS * * * …   Universalium

  • Langerhans islets — or Langerhans islands n. ISLETS OF LANGERHANS …   English World dictionary

  • islands of Lang|er|hans — «LAHNG uhr hahns», = islets of Langerhans. (Cf. ↑islets of Langerhans) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Langerhans, islets of — Best 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… …   Medical dictionary

  • Langerhans cells granules islets (islands) — Lan·ger·hans cells, granules, islets (islands) (lahngґər hahnz) [Paul Langerhans, German pathologist, 1847–1888] see under cell and islet and see Birbeck granules, under granule …   Medical dictionary

  • Langerhans — Paul, German anatomist, 1847–1888. See L. cells, under cell, L. granule, L. islands, under island, islets of L., under islet …   Medical dictionary


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