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Endocrine System

Greek: endo - inside, krinein - to secrete
Synonym: hormonal system, endocrine organs
German: Endokrines System

1 Definition

The endocrine system consists of various specialised organs, tissues, and manages several complex functions of the body (e.g. growth, reproducing) with the help of messenger substances (hormones).

2 Components

The components of the endocrine system in a narrower sense include the following glands:

In addition, a great number of other organs and tissues have the ability to produce and secrete hormones, for example:

The endocrine system has a tight functional relationship with the nervous system. The interdependence of both of the systems is a subject of the field neuroendocrinology.

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