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Princeton's WordNet

  1. islands of Langerhans, isles of Langerhans, islets of Langerhans(noun)

    cell clusters in the pancreas that form the endocrine part of that organ; secrete insulin and other hormones

Wiktionary

  1. islets of Langerhans(Noun)

    regions in the pancreas that contain its endocrine cells

  2. Origin: Named after Paul Langerhans, the German anatomist who discovered these regions in the pancreas.

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  1. Islets of Langerhans

    The islets of Langerhans are the regions of the pancreas that contain its endocrine cells. Discovered in 1869 by German pathological anatomist Paul Langerhans at the age of 22, the islets of Langerhans constitute approximately 1 to 2% of the mass of the pancreas.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Islets of Langerhans

    Irregular microscopic structures consisting of cords of endocrine cells that are scattered throughout the PANCREAS among the exocrine acini. Each islet is surrounded by connective tissue fibers and penetrated by a network of capillaries. There are four major cell types. The most abundant beta cells (50-80%) secrete INSULIN. Alpha cells (5-20%) secrete GLUCAGON. PP cells (10-35%) secrete PANCREATIC POLYPEPTIDE. Delta cells (~5%) secrete SOMATOSTATIN.

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