islet of Langerhans


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islet of Langerhans

[′ī·lət əv ′läŋ·gər‚hänz]
(histology)
A mass of cell cords in the pancreas that is of an endocrine nature, secreting insulin and a minor hormone like lipocaic. Also known as island of Langerhans; islet of the pancreas.
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The possible explanation for increase in size of islet of langerhans is that sodium cyclamate increases the insulin release which resulted in compensatory increase in area of islet of langrehans.
Anatomy of the islet of Langerhans. In: The endocrine pancreas (ed.
Marichal, "Microscopic anatomy of the human islet of Langerhans," Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, vol.
"Before our discovery, the mechanism behind how exactly the insulin-producing beta cells in the islet of Langerhans of the pancreas fail in type 2 diabetes was incompletely understood, making it difficult to design new and better therapies, says Mehboob Hussain, associate professor of pediatrics, medicine and biological chemistry.