Definition of pancreas noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpæŋkriəs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpæŋkriəs//
Internal anatomy
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an organ near the stomach that produces insulin and a liquid that helps the body to digest food See related entries: Internal anatomy Word Originlate 16th cent.: modern Latin, from Greek pankreas, from pan ‘all’ + kreas ‘flesh’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pancreas