Pancreas

The pancreas is inferior to the stomach and has several digestive functions. These exocrine secretions are initiated by the acinar cells. The endocrine function of the pancreas consists of the secretion of insulin, glucagon, and somatostatin from the pancreatic islets. These islets are microscopic collections of cells that have specialized cells for the secretion of hormones. Insulin lowers blood glucose levels while glucagon does the reverse. Somatostatin moderates some of the pancreatic cells that have a role in digestion. Label and color in the pancreas and make the pancreatic islets lighter than the acinar cells of the pancreas.

Pancreas ColorSpinal Cord Pancreas Location

Answer Key: a. Pancreas, b. Pancreatic islets, c. Acinar cells (exocrine)

Gall bladder

Gall bladder

Bladder Superior Artery

Superior mesenteric artery & vein

Duodenum

Duodenum

Superior mesenteric artery & vein

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