The Endocrine System Descriptive Essay by The Research Group

The Endocrine System
Discusses the functions of this group of glands.
# 24627 | 900 words | 4 sources | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 11, 2003 in Medical and Health (Medical Studies) , Biology (General)

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Discusses functions of this group of glands. Main function to secrete hormones into the bloodstream. Control of various bodily functions such as growth, glucose control, blood pressure regulation, development of secondary sexual characteristics. Actions of the pituitary gland.;feedback mechanism. Effect of hormones on organs and glands. Examples of feedback control.

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"The Endocrine System

The endocrine system is a group of glands whose function is to secrete hormones directly into the bloodstream (Berkow, Beers and Fletcher, 1997). Hormones are substances which serve as messengers which control the various functions of the body such as growth and development, glucose control, salt and water regulation, red cell production, bone formation, blood pressure regulation, development of secondary sexual characteristics, and support pregnancy. The major endocrine organs are the pituitary, hypothalamus, thyroid, parathyroids, pancreas, adrenals, testes and ovaries. The hypothalamus secretes several hormones which stimulate the pituitary gland, which then releases certain of its hormones in response. It secretes others which suppress release of pituitary hormones."

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