the branch of medicine dealing with the endocrine glands and their secretions
The study of the endocrine glands of the human body, the hormones produced by them, and their related disorders
Endocrinology is a branch of biology and medicine dealing with the endocrine system, its diseases, and its specific secretions called hormones, the integration of developmental events proliferation, growth, and differentiation and the coordination of metabolism, respiration, excretion, movement, reproduction, and sensory perception depend on chemical cues, substances synthesized and secreted by specialized cells. Endocrinology is concerned with study of the biosynthesis, storage, chemistry, biochemical and physiological function of hormones and with the cells of the endocrine glands and tissues that secrete them. The endocrine system consists of several glands, all in different parts of the body, that secrete hormones directly into the blood rather than into a duct system. Hormones have many different functions and modes of action; one hormone may have several effects on different target organs, and, conversely, one target organ may be affected by more than one hormone. In the original 1902 definition by Bayliss and Starling, they specified that, to be classified as a hormone, a chemical must be produced by an organ, be released into the blood, and be transported by the blood to a distant organ to exert its specific function. This definition holds for most "classical" hormones, but there are also paracrine mechanisms, autocrine signals, and intracrine signals. A neuroendocrine signal is a "classical" hormone that is released into the blood by a neurosecretory neuron.
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A subspecialty of internal medicine concerned with the metabolism, physiology, and disorders of the endocrine system.
The numerical value of endocrinology in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of endocrinology in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
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