pancreas Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun a large elongated exocrine gland located behind the stomach; secretes pancreatic juice and insulin
EtymologyNL., fr. Gr. , , all + flesh, meat: cf. F.
(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.
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