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endocrine system

Sunday 2 May 2004

Definition: The endocrine system is the collection of glands of an organism that secrete hormones directly into the circulatory system to be carried towards distant target organs.

In humans, the major endocrine glands include the pineal gland , pituitary gland , endocrine pancreas , ovaries , testes , thyroid gland , parathyroid gland , and adrenal glands .

In vertebrates, the hypothalamus is the neural control center for all endocrine systems.

Components : endocrine glands

- pituitary gland
- thyroid gland
- parathyroid glands
- adrenal glands

  • medulloadrenals
  • corticoadrenals

- endocrine testes
- endocrine ovaries
- endocrine kidneys

Pathology (endocrine pathology)

- endocrine malformations
- endocrine anomalies
- endocrine diseases
- endocrine tumors

Links

- endotext.org

- Endocrine pathology¬≠ (Endocrine Pathol)

See also

- organ system