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Pancreas

A gland located behind the stomach that secretes digestive (pancreatic) juice into the intestines. The gland also produces insulin and glucagon.

Extended Definition:

A glandular organ located in the abdomen that produces pancreatic juices, which contain enzymes that aid in digestion; and produces several hormones, including insulin. The pancreas is surrounded by the stomach, intestines, and other organs.
A nodular organ in the abdomen that contains a mixture of endocrine glands and exocrine glands. The small endocrine portion consists of the islets of Langerhans secreting a number of hormones into the blood stream. The large exocrine portion (exocrine pancreas) is a compound acinar gland that secretes several digestive enzymes into the pancreatic ductal system that empties into the duodenum.

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