Endocrine system



(1) The bodily system that consists of the endocrine glands that release their secretions (hormones) into the bloodstream to reach and act on target cells of specific organs.

(2) The animal system responsible for the production and secretion of hormones that aid in controlling the bodily metabolic activity, as well as serve as chemical messengers that allow cells to communicate with one another.


The major human endocrine glands include:

See also: hormone

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