Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A very small island: rocky islets off the coast.

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  • n. a small island

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A little island.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A little isle or island.
  • n. Any small spot or space surrounded by something of different character or color: as, an islet of verdure in a desert; the islets on an insect's wing.
  • n. An isolated piece of organic tissue; a cluster of cells; specifically, one of the islands of Langerhans.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small island

Etymologies

From Middle French islette (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They were the leading center in islet transplantation.

    Riva Greenberg: Curing Diabetes: How Close Are We?

  • CR: The experts in islet cell technologies at the university were using a different protocol so I couldn't test my idea for a year.

    Riva Greenberg: Curing Diabetes: How Close Are We?

  • This is the second of a two-part interview with Dr. Camillo Ricordi, Scientific Director at the University of Miami's Diabetes Research Institute, and one of the world's leading scientists in islet cell transplantation.

    Riva Greenberg: The Frontier of Diabetes Research

  • Older, traditional assays, or tests, determine risk for type 1 diabetes by identifying what are called islet cell antibodies.

    The Autoimmune Epidemic

  • The glucose comes knocking, but even with the presence of insulin (the drawbridge is down), your cell (the castle) does not allow it to enter as it did in the past, which is referred to as islet cell exhaustion.

    Lange 2010

  • And his interest in islet transplantation goes back to when he was a medical student.

    Islet Transplant - Towards a Cure for Diabetes

  • When the king wanted to buy a certain islet in the lagoon from the chief priest, McAllister said no.

    "Yah! Yah! Yah!"

  • Mr. Jobs has in the past been diagnosed with a rare type of pancreatic cancer called islet cell neuroendocrine tumor.

    Apple Soars, but Mum on Jobs

  • Apple first disclosed Mr. Jobs' health problems on Aug. 1, 2004, when it said he had undergone successful surgery to treat a rare form of pancreatic cancer, called islet cell neuroendocrine tumor.

    Jobs Struggled With Health Problems for Years

  • The new results come on the heels of three late-stage trials in which other medicines failed to stop or prevent the immune system's attack on the pancreas, in particular the so-called islet cells that produce the body's supply of insulin.

    Drug Offers Hope In Diabetes Study

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