noun (pancreases, pl2=pancreata)
- (anatomy) A gland near the stomach which secretes a fluid to help with food digestion and also the hormone insulin which helps the body process glucose (or sugars).
Etymology: Existing in English since the sixteenth century: from Latin, pancreas, from Ancient Greek (polytonic, ) (italbrac, pankreas), from (polytonic, -) (italbrac, pan-), "pan-English, pan-, allEnglish, all-" + (polytonic, ) (italbrac, kreas), "flesh".<ref name="COED-etym">The Concise Oxford English Dictionary Eleventh Edition</ref>
- Dutch: alvleesklier, buikspeekselklier,
- Dutch, pancreas
- French: pancréas
- German: Bauchspeicheldrí¼se , Pankreas
- Spanish: pí¡ncreas
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