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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Glucagon is produced in the pancreas by the alpha cells.
▪ Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas that regulates how the body converts food into energy.
▪ One patient had colectomy for medical reasons, and another died of carcinoma of the pancreas.
▪ People who lack a pancreas, a second kidney, a small intestine, may not run marathons, but they live.
▪ The number of viable acini isolated in pancreatitis induced by caerulein was only about 30% of that obtained from the intact pancreas.
▪ There are, however, some differences in the action of caerulein and platelet activating factor on the pancreas.
▪ We have recently shown in rat pancreas that adverse effects include pancreatic toxicity.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Pancreas \Pan"cre*as\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ?; pa^s, pa^n, all + kre`as flesh, meat: cf. F. pancr['e]as.] (Anat.) 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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1570s, from Latinized form of Greek pankreas "sweetbread (pancreas as food), pancreas," literally "entirely flesh," from pan- "all" (see pan-) + kreas "flesh" (see raw), probably on notion of homogeneous substance of the organ.


n. (context anatomy English) 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.


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


The pancreas is a glandular organ in the digestive system and endocrine system of vertebrates. In humans, it is located in the abdominal cavity behind the stomach. It is an endocrine gland producing several important hormones, including insulin, glucagon, somatostatin, and pancreatic polypeptide which circulate in the blood. The pancreas is also a digestive organ, secreting pancreatic juice containing digestive enzymes that assist digestion and absorption of nutrients in the small intestine. These enzymes help to further break down the carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids in the chyme.

Pancreas (disambiguation)

The Pancreas is an organ of animal bodies.

Pancreas may also refer to:

  • Pancreas divisum
  • Exocrine pancreas
  • Pancreas (song), by "Weird Al" Yankovic

Usage examples of "pancreas".

A German anatomist, Paul Langerhans, reported in 1869 that amid the ordinary cells of the pancreas were numerous tiny clumps of cells that seemed marked off from the surrounding tissue.

Whatever the pancreas did to prevent diabetes mellitus, then, had nothing to do with the ordinary pancreatic juice which in normal life was discharged through that duct.

Banting and Best took the crucial step of tying off the pancreatic duct in a living animal and waiting seven weeks before killing the animal and trying to extract the hormone from its pancreas.

Preemies, babies of diabetic mothers, perinatal problems anything that messes up the pancreas.

Maura moved on to the peritoneal cavity, gloved hands reaching into the abdomen to resect stomach and pancreas and liver.

Most of the liquid acting on the food in the small intestine is supplied by two large glands, the liver and the pancreas, that connect with it by ducts.

In a similar way, the pancreas pours out a fluid that digests the fats.

The wounded vatos I saw that night might not know a pancreas from a lung, but they were secure in the assumption that the doctor - a four-eyed wimp of the type they habitually stare down on the street - knew both nephrology and pneumonology.

The organs of digestion are the Mouth, Teeth, Tongue, Salivary Glands, Pharynx, Esophagus, the Stomach and the Intestines, with their glands, the Liver, Pancreas, Lacteals, and the Thoracic Duct.

From this, also, originate other plexi which are distributed to the stomach, liver, kidneys, intestines, spleen, pancreas, supra-renal glands, and to the organs of generation.

Defective pancreases peddled in pestilent alleyways, throbbing blood-filled hearts, endless coils of gleaming intestines, marketed by shady slysters who flitted noiselessly from zone to zone.

A high amylase meant that the pancreas, not the appendix, was involved.

Carter had undergone pancreas, thyroid, and liver clonings 12 years earlier, and received the gland and organ transplants three years later.

They therefore introduced a small quantity of hydrochloric acid into the small intestine, without food, and the denervated pancreas produced juice.

I would remind you that there is no religious debate about Avogadro's number, or Planck's constant, or the functions of the pancreas.