from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The sweetbread, a gland connected with the intestine of nearly all vertebrates. It is usually elongated and light-colored, and its secretion, called the pancreatic juice, is discharged, often together with the bile, into the upper part of the intestines, and is a powerful aid in digestion. See Illust. of Digestive apparatus.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A lobulated racemose gland, situated in the abdomen near the stomach, extending transversely from the region of the liver to that of the spleen, often inclosed in a loop of the duodenum, and pouring its secretion, pancreatic juice, into the duodenum by one or several ducts.
- n. See the quotation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a large elongated exocrine gland located behind the stomach; secretes pancreatic juice and insulin
Greek pankreas : pan-, pan- + kreas, flesh.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Existing in English since the sixteenth century: from Latin pancreas, from Ancient Greek πάγκρεας (pankreas), from πᾶν (pan, "all") (equivalent to English pan-) + κρέας (kreas, "flesh"). (Wiktionary)