pan·cre·as (pangkre-əs, pan-)
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.
[Greekpankreas : pan-, pan- + kreas, flesh; see kreuə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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