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Endocrine system

Similar term(s): hormonal system, endocrine glands.

Definition:

A network of glands distributed throughout the body forms the endocrine system. These glands produce hormones that are released into the circulation and distributed to distant target sites via the blood. Hormones produced by these glands act as chemical messengers to control body functions such as growth, metabolism, sexual development, and egg and sperm production.

Source: EMCOM Glossary 

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The endocrine glands are: hypothalamus, pituitary, pineal gland, thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas, adrenal, ovary, and testis. For an illustration see the EMCOM website: EM-com endocrine illustration .

Related words:

Adrenal gland(s) - Hormone(s) - Pituitary gland - Thyroid gland

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GreenFacts Summary on Endocrine Disruptors:

Translation(s):

Deutsch: Endokrines System
Español: Sistema endocrino
Français: Système endocrinien

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