endocrine system

Pronunciation: (EN-doh-krin SIS-tem)

A system of glands and cells that make hormones that are released directly into the blood and travel to tissues and organs all over the body. The endocrine system controls growth, sexual development, sleep, hunger, and the way the body uses food.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

2006-08-24 Date last modified: 2007-03-01