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endocrine

adjective en·do·crine \ ˈen-də-krən , -ˌkrīn , -ˌkrēn \

Definition of endocrine

1 :secreting internally; specifically :producing secretions that are distributed in the body by way of the bloodstream
  • hormones produced by the endocrine system
2 :of, relating to, affecting, or resembling an endocrine gland or secretion
  • endocrine tumors

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The body's glands remove specific substances from the blood and alter them for rerelease into the blood or removal. Glands such as those that produce saliva and sweat secrete their products through tiny ducts or tubes on or near the body's surface. The glands without ducts, called the endocrine glands, instead secrete their products into the bloodstream; the endo- root indicates that the secretions are internal rather than on the surface. The endocrine system includes such glands as the pituitary (which controls growth, regulates the other endocrines, and performs many other tasks), the thyroid (another growth gland that also influences metabolism), the adrenals (which secrete adrenaline and steroids), the hypothalamus (which influences sleep and weight regulation), and the ovaries (which produce eggs). Endocrine problems are treated by endocrinologists.

Origin and Etymology of endocrine

International Scientific Vocabulary end- + Greek krinein to separate — more at certain

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endocrine

noun

Definition of endocrine

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First Known Use of endocrine

1922

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endocrine

adjective en·do·crine \ ˈen-də-krən , -ˌkrīn , -ˌkrēn \

medical Definition of endocrine

1 :secreting internally; specifically :producing secretions that are distributed in the body by way of the bloodstream
  • an endocrine organ
2 :of, relating to, affecting, or resembling an endocrine gland or secretion
  • endocrine tumors

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endocrine

noun

medical Definition of endocrine



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