What does pancreas mean?

Definitions for pancreasˈpæn kri əs, ˈpæŋ-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pancreas(noun)

    a large elongated exocrine gland located behind the stomach; secretes pancreatic juice and insulin


  1. pancreas(Noun)

    A gland near the stomach which secretes a fluid into the duodenum to help with food digestion. The fluid contains protease, carbohydrase and lipase, which breaks down larger molecules into smaller pieces. The pancreas also produces the hormones insulin and glucagon which regulate blood sugar. These hormones are released into the cardiovascular system.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pancreas(noun)

    the sweetbread, a gland connected with the intestine of nearly all vertebrates. It is usually elongated and light-colored, and its secretion, called the pancreatic juice, is discharged, often together with the bile, into the upper part of the intestines, and is a powerful aid in digestion. See Illust. of Digestive apparatus

  2. Origin: [NL., fr. Gr. ; pa^s, pa^n, all + kre`as flesh, meat: cf. F. pancras.]


  1. Pancreas

    The pancreas is a glandular organ in the digestive system and endocrine system of vertebrates. It is both an endocrine gland producing several important hormones, including insulin, glucagon, somatostatin, and pancreatic polypeptide, and a digestive organ, secreting pancreatic juice containing digestive enzymes that assist the absorption of nutrients and the digestion in the small intestine. These enzymes help to further break down the carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids in the chyme.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pancreas

    pan′krē-as, n. a conglomerate gland, lying transversely across the posterior wall of the abdomen, secreting the pancreatic juice which pours with the bile into the digestive system.—adj. Pancreat′ic, pertaining to the pancreas.—ns. Pan′creatin, the pancreatic juice; Pancreatīt′is, inflammation of the pancreas. [Gr. pas, pan, all, kreas, flesh.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Pancreas

    A nodular organ in the ABDOMEN that contains a mixture of ENDOCRINE GLANDS and EXOCRINE GLANDS. The small endocrine portion consists of the ISLETS OF LANGERHANS secreting a number of hormones into the blood stream. The large exocrine portion (EXOCRINE PANCREAS) is a compound acinar gland that secretes several digestive enzymes into the pancreatic ductal system that empties into the DUODENUM.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pancreas in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pancreas in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

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  2. Jean Kerr:

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  3. Jean Kerr:

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  4. Danny Davis:

    The biggest thing they are worried about right now are the pressure spikes in her brain, they removed her spleen and had part of her pancreas removed, but none of that should keep her from functioning normally.

  5. Andrew Marr:

    If the diabetic’s pancreas doesn’t operate correctly, they have to stay on insulin, so for me, my endocrine system doesn’t produce testosterone the way it should… I’m on a testosterone blend most likely for the rest of my life.

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