islets of Langerhans

EnglishEdit

 
English Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia

EtymologyEdit

Translating French îlots de Langerhans; named after Paul Langerhans, the German anatomist who discovered these regions in the pancreas.

NounEdit

islets of Langerhans pl (normally plural, singular islet of Langerhans)

  1. (anatomy, biology) Distinctive regions of tissue in the pancreas, which contain its endocrine cells.
    • 1997, Roy Porter, The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, Folio Society 2016, p. 545:
      Edward Sharpey-Schäfer determined that the substance necessary for carbohydrate metabolism was produced in the Islets of Langerhans, naming this new substance ‘insuline’ after the Latin insula (island).

TranslationsEdit