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Difference between Exocrine and Endocrine glands

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Difference between Exocrine and Endocrine glands

Postby Draco » Thu Oct 04, 2007 3:17 pm

For a project I need to complete I need to know the difference between Exocrine and Endocrine glands.
Any information and websites will be very helpful. Thanks :)
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Postby MrMistery » Thu Oct 04, 2007 4:03 pm

http://www.biology-online.org/dictionary.asp
or go to google and click "define: exocrine/endocrin gland"
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Exocrine Glands vs Endocrine Glands

Postby RLBallantyne » Thu Oct 04, 2007 5:20 pm

Exocrine glands have ducts to carry their secretions to specific locations. Examples include the salivary glands whose ducts carry saliva to the mouth, or the pancreas whose duct carries pancreatic fluid to the duodenum (first section of the small intestine).

Endocrine glands are glands of "internal secretion" whose secretions are usually secreted directly into the blood. Most hormones are secreted in this manner. Examples are follicle stimulating hormone from the anterior pituitary or thryoxin from the thryoid.

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