Gut anatomy and morphology | Pancreas

M. A. Caruso, M. A. Sheridan

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The pancreas has two chief functions: To secrete enzymes into the digestive tract and to secrete hormones into the bloodstream. Pancreatic enzymes break down proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids contained in ingested food. Pancreatic hormones, such as insulin, glucagon, and somatostatin, regulate nutrient uptake and metabolism and influence organismal growth and development.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Fish Physiology
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780080923239
StatePublished - 2011


  • Brockmann body
  • Elastase
  • Fish
  • Gastroenteropancreatic system
  • Glucagon
  • Hydrolyze
  • Insulin
  • Lipase
  • Pancreatic enzymes
  • Pancreatic hormones
  • Pancreatic polypeptide
  • Somatostatin


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