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Endocrine gland

Synonym(s)

  • ductless gland
  • gland of internal secretion
  • glandula endocrina

Definition(s)

Ductless glands that secrete substances which are released directly into the circulation and which influence metabolism and other body functions.

Definition from: MeSH via Unified Medical Language SystemThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. at the National Library of Medicine

A gland (as the thyroid or the pituitary) that produces an endocrine secretion -- called also ductless gland, gland of internal secretion.

Definition from: Merriam-Webster's Medical DictionaryThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. by Merriam-Webster Inc.

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See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: August 18, 2014