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Definition of "pancreas" []

  • A long, irregularly shaped gland in vertebrates, lying behind the stomach, that secretes pancreatic juice into the duodenum and insulin, glucagon, and somatostatin into the bloodstream. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pancreas" in a sentence
  • "In this form of HI, only a small, focal area of the pancreas is affected."
  • "With Focal KATP HI, removal of only the diseased focal area of the pancreas is attempted."
  • "Cocaine, a pancreas is the organ in the body that will kill you if it ever becomes cancerous."