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islet

 [i´let]
an island.
i's of Langerhans (pancreatic i's) irregular microscopic structures scattered throughout the pancreas and comprising its endocrine portion. They contain the alpha cells, which secrete the hyperglycemic factor glucagon; the beta cells, which secrete insulin, and whose degeneration is one of the causes of diabetes mellitus; and the delta cells, which secrete somatostatin.
Walthard's i's microscopic inclusions of the ovarian germinal epithelium, which have been implicated in the development of Brenner tumors.

is·let

(ī'let),
A small island.

is·let

(ī'lĕt)
A small island.