Exocrine gland

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Exocrine gland
Latinglandula exocrina
CodeTH H2.
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Exocrine gland
Latinglandula exocrina
CodeTH H2.

There are two types of glands in animals: exocrine and endocrine. These are then divided into further subtypes.

The glands are responsible for secreting substances into and around the body for a variety of purposes.

An Exocrine gland excretes its essential product by way of a duct to some environment external to itself, either inside the body or on a surface of the body.

Examples of exocrine glands include the sweat glands, salivary glands, mammary glands, and liver.

An Endocrine gland is its counterpart. It secretes its essential product without the use of a duct directly into the bloodstream or else by diffusion into its surrounding tissue (paracrine signaling) where it often affects only target cells near the release site.

Examples of endocrine glands include the adrenal glands, located atop the kidneys and responsible for the secretion of certain hormones such as adrenaline, cortisol and others. The testes, in males and ovaries in females are not only gonads, organs which generate male and female germ cells respectively, but are also endocrine glands in that they produce various androgens and estrogens together known as steroidal sex hormones.


By structure[edit]

Exocrine glands contain a glandular portion and a duct portion, the structures of which can be used to classify the gland.

By method of excretion[edit]

Exocrine glands are named apocrine glands, holocrine glands, or merocrine glands based on how their products are excreted.

By product excreted[edit]

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