Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • In this form of HI, only a small, focal area of the pancreas is affected.

    What is HI?

  • With Focal KATP HI, removal of only the diseased focal area of the pancreas is attempted.

    Treatment

  • Cocaine, a pancreas is the organ in the body that will kill you if it ever becomes cancerous.

    PATRICK SWAYZE UPDATE

  • If the pancreas is not making enough of these enzymes and acid buffers, a person is said to be pancreatic insufficient.

    The Pancreas and Alagille Syndrome

  • The pancreas is important for the digestion and absorption of nutrients.

    The Pancreas and Alagille Syndrome

  • Her cookie diet has obviously not been too helpful, because now her pancreas is infected, her liver enzymes are high, and her gall bladder is on the verge of complete mutiny.

    2009 September « Becca’s Byline

  • However, I got the last laugh because my pancreas is now fireproof … which comes in handier than you might think.

    DAVID FINCHER AND SPIKE JONZE PRESENT

  • There is an organ in your body that is called the pancreas that is acutely aware of your blood sugar level.

    THE PROGRAM

  • These workers showed that no diabetic symptoms supervene in dogs when a portion of the pancreas is transplanted into the wall of the abdomen prior to, or at the same time as, removal of the remainder of the gland, but immediately do so in full intensity when this graft is subsequently excised.

    John Macleod - Nobel Lecture

  • The beef or pork pancreas is finely minced in a large grinder and the minced material is then treated with 5 cc of concentrated sulphuric acid, appropriately diluted, per pound of glands.

    Frederick G. Banting - Nobel Lecture

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