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(lahng'ĕr-hahnz),
cellular masses consisting of several to several hundred cells lying in the interstitial tissue of the pancreas; they are composed of five different cell types that make up the endocrine portion of the pancreas and are the sources of insulin, glucagon, somatostatin, pancreatic polypeptide, and gastrin.
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islets of Langerhans

(ī′lĭts; läng′ər-häns′)
pl.n.
Irregular clusters of endocrine cells scattered throughout the tissue of the pancreas that secrete insulin and glucagon. Also called islands of Langerhans.
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is·lets of Lan·ger·hans

(ī'lĕts lahng'er-hahnz)
Cellular masses varying from a few to hundreds of cells lying in the interstitial tissue of the pancreas; they are the source of insulin and glucagon.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

Islets of Langerhans

INSULIN secreting collections of cells lying in the INTERSTITIAL tissue of the PANCREAS. (Paul Langerhans, 1847–1888, German medical student, later anatomy professor).
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

islets of Langerhans

groups of cells found scattered in the pancreas of jawed vertebrates.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005

Islets of Langerhans

Special structures in the pancreas responsible for insulin secretion among other functions. They are named for Paul Langerhans, the German researcher who first identified them in 1869.
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

Langerhans,

Paul, German anatomist, 1847-1888.
islets of Langerhans - cellular masses composed of different cell types that comprise the endocrine portion of the pancreas and are the source of insulin and glucagon. Synonym(s): islet tissue; Langerhans islands; pancreatic islands; pancreatic islets
Langerhans cell granulomatosis
Langerhans cells - dendritic clear cells in the epidermis that are active participants in cutaneous delayed hypersensitivity.
Langerhans granule - a small membrane-bound granule first reported in Langerhans cells of the epidermis. Synonym(s): Birbeck granule
Langerhans islands - Synonym(s): islets of Langerhans
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is·lets of Lan·ger·hans

(ī'lĕts lahng'er-hahnz)
Cellular masses consisting of several to several hundred cells lying in interstitial pancreatic tissue.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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