islet cell

Pronunciation: (I-let sel)

A pancreatic cell that produces hormones (e.g., insulin and glucagon) that are secreted into the bloodstream. These hormones help control the level of glucose (sugar) in the blood. Also called endocrine pancreas cell and islet of Langerhans cell.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

2003-01-26 Date last modified: 2006-11-08