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Tissues > Exocrine Glands > Pancreas, Exocrine
Digestive System > Pancreas > Pancreas, Exocrine

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Pancreas, Exocrine  


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Entry terms

  • Exocrine Pancreas

Scope note

  • The major component (about 80%) of the PANCREAS composed of acinar functional units of tubular and spherical cells. The acinar cells synthesize and secrete several digestive enzymes such as TRYPSINOGEN; LIPASE; AMYLASE; and RIBONUCLEASE. Secretion from the exocrine pancreas drains into the pancreatic ductal system and empties into the DUODENUM.

History note

  • 2005; use PANCREAS 1998-2004

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