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exocrine glands

Thursday 25 November 2004

Adj. glandular exocrine

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Definition: Exocrine glands are glands that produce and secrete substances onto an epithelial surface by way of a duct. Their function is the secretion of liquids at the surface of the skin or mucosa.

Examples of exocrine glands include sweat, salivary, mammary, ceruminous, lacrimal, sebaceous, and mucous.

Exocrine glands are one of two types of glands in the human body, the other being endocrine glands, which secrete their products directly into the bloodstream.

The liver and pancreas are both exocrine and endocrine glands; they are exocrine glands because they secrete products—bile and pancreatic juice—into the gastrointestinal tract through a series of ducts, and endocrine because they secrete other substances directly into the bloodstream.

Components

- glandular acini
- glandular ducts

Function

- exocrine secretion

Types

- lacrymal glands
- salivary glands
- nasal glands
- digestive glands

  • intestinal glands
  • colonic glands

- seminal glands
- prostatic glands
- uterine glands

  • endometrial glands
  • cervical glands

- cutaneous glands

Pathology

- glandular anomalies
- glandular malformations
- glandular anomalies
- glandular diseases
- glandular tumors

  • benign glandular tumors ( adenomas )
  • malignant glandular tumors ( adenocarcinomas )

See also

- glands

  • endocrine glands