pancreas

noun pan·cre·as \ ˈpaŋ-krē-əs , ˈpan- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of pancreas

: a large lobulated gland of vertebrates that secretes digestive enzymes and the hormones insulin and glucagon

pancreatic

play \ˌpaŋ-krē-ˈa-tik, ˌpan-\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of pancreas

New Latin, from Greek pankreas sweetbread, from pan- + kreas flesh, meat — more at raw


PANCREAS Defined for English Language Learners

pancreas

noun

Definition of pancreas for English Language Learners

  • : a large gland of the body that is near the stomach and that produces insulin and other substances that help the body digest food


PANCREAS Defined for Kids

pancreas

noun pan·cre·as \ ˈpaŋ-krē-əs \

Definition of pancreas for Students

: a large gland near the stomach that produces insulin and a fluid ( pancreatic juice ) with enzymes that aid digestion

Medical Dictionary

pancreas

noun pan·cre·as \ ˈpaŋ-krē-əs, ˈpan- \

medical Definition of pancreas

plural pancreases also pancreata play \pan-ˈkrē-ət-ə\
: a large lobulated gland that in humans lies in front of the upper lumbar vertebrae and behind the stomach and is somewhat hammer-shaped and firmly attached anteriorly to the curve of the duodenum with which it communicates through one or more pancreatic ducts and that consists of (1) tubular acini secreting digestive enzymes which pass to the intestine and function in the breakdown of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates; (2) modified acinar cells that form islets of Langerhans between the tubules and secrete the hormones insulin and glucagon; and (3) a firm connective-tissue capsule that extends supportive strands into the organ

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