Definitions for: Pancreas


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



Webster (1913) Definition: Pan"cre*as, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ?; ?, ?, all + ? 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.

See Also: digestive system, duct gland, exocrine gland, gastrointestinal system, islands of Langerhans, isles of Langerhans, islets of Langerhans, pancreatic duct, systema alimentarium, systema digestorium

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