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ˈpæn kri əs, ˈpæŋ-pan·creas

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pancreasnoun

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


  1. pancreasnoun

    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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pancreasnoun

    The pancreas or sweet bread, is a gland of the conglomerate sort, situated between the bottom of the stomach and the vertebræ of the loins: it lies across the abdomen, reaching from the liver to the spleen, and is strongly tied to the peritonæum, from which it receives its common membranes. It weighs commonly four or five ounces. It is about six fingers breadth long, two broad, and one thick. Its substance is a little soft and supple. John Quincy

    Etymology: πᾶν and ϰρέας.


  1. Pancreas

    The pancreas is an organ of the digestive system and endocrine system of vertebrates. In humans, it is located in the abdomen behind the stomach and functions as a gland. The pancreas is a mixed or heterocrine gland, i.e. it has both an endocrine and a digestive exocrine function. 99% of the pancreas is exocrine and 1% is endocrine. As an endocrine gland, it functions mostly to regulate blood sugar levels, secreting the hormones insulin, glucagon, somatostatin, and pancreatic polypeptide. As a part of the digestive system, it functions as an exocrine gland secreting pancreatic juice into the duodenum through the pancreatic duct. This juice contains bicarbonate, which neutralizes acid entering the duodenum from the stomach; and digestive enzymes, which break down carbohydrates, proteins, and fats in food entering the duodenum from the stomach. Inflammation of the pancreas is known as pancreatitis, with common causes including chronic alcohol use and gallstones. Because of its role in the regulation of blood sugar, the pancreas is also a key organ in diabetes mellitus. Pancreatic cancer can arise following chronic pancreatitis or due to other reasons, and carries a very poor prognosis, as it is often only identified after it has spread to other areas of the body. The word pancreas comes from the Greek πᾶν (pân, “all”) & κρέας (kréas, “flesh”). The function of the pancreas in diabetes has been known since at least 1889, with its role in insulin production identified in 1921.


  1. pancreas

    The pancreas is a large gland located in the abdominal cavity, behind the stomach and close to the duoderm, and is a part of the human digestive system. It plays a key role in converting the food we eat into fuel for the body's cells. It has both an endocrine function that helps in regulating blood sugar levels by producing important hormones including insulin and glucagon, and an exocrine function that helps in producing pancreatic juice containing digestive enzymes that assist in the absorption and digestion of nutrients in the small intestine.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pancreasnoun

    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. Etymology: [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.

Editors Contribution

  1. pancreas

    An organ of the body of a human being or animal.

    The pancreas has an important function in the body.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 10, 2020  

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  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

Examples of pancreas in a Sentence

  1. Alicia Rivera:

    I would actually dream about the party we would have, I would think about how amazing that would feel to see my mother go to the party instead of chemo. Alicia Rivera, Alicia Rivera, has an amazing story of survival.She was diagnosed at 18 with PC, and is now not only a survivor, but is also a nursing student and a curePC campaign participant too. It is very rare to be so young and get that diagnosis and also rare to be a PC survivor.Only 7 percent of those diagnosed with PC survive five years, and an estimated 49,000 Americans will be diagnosed this year, with more than 40,000 of them dying before the year ends, according to the American Cancer Society. I asked Rivera how she found out she had PC and how she coped with the diagnosis at 18. I was young, and so many people said to me they couldn't believe it.I have Crohn's disease, and I had my wisdom teeth extracted in October of 2011. I went into septic shock, and that's when doctors did a scan, they found the tumor, and doctors at first thought it couldn't be PC, but did a biopsy to be sure, and it came it back positive, stage 1 pancreatic cancer. Alicia Rivera said she was shocked and recalled thinking that she was going to die. Doctors performed surgery to remove half of her pancreas, taking with it her gallbladder, a bile duct, lympho nodes and half of her stomach. They then reconnected her intestines to the remaining portion of her stomach. She said she hopes her story will help others stay connected to their bodies and to be aware of potential warning signs. PC is considered the silent killer, because by the time you feel symptoms, the tumor is usually metastasized.

  2. 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.

  3. Jean Kerr:

    I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That's deep enough. What do you want, an adorable pancreas

  4. Jean Kerr:

    I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That's deep enough. What do you want --an adorable pancreas?

  5. 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.

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