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This study unit will help you:
1. Identify the glands of the endocrine system
2. Understand the main organization and functions of the endocrine system
3. Learn about the general structure and function of each endocrine gland in the body
The endocrine system is made up of endocrine glands located throughout the body. These glands produce different endocrine hormones and release them into the bloodstream via which they travel to specific target organs. This way the endocrine system acts as a signaling pathway regulating a number of important body functions such as growth, metabolism, temperature, reproductive development, and many other bodily functions and processes.
This video tutorial will provide you with an overview of each endocrine gland and its function.
Take a quiz
Now that you have watched the video about the endocrine system, solidify your knowledge by taking our quiz.
Now examine the endocrine glands in this atlas gallery.
|Definition||The endocrine system is a network of glands and organs that play a vital role in controlling and regulating many of the body’s functions, by secreting specialized substances called hormones|
|Endocrine glands||Pineal gland, pituitary gland, thyroid gland, parathyroid gland, thymus, pancreas, adrenal glands, ovary and testis|
|Function||Regulation of growth, development, metabolism, temperature, sexual maturation, reproduction, blood pressure, heart rate, breastfeeding, immune response and many other vital physical functions and processes|
Continue your learning
Now that you're familiar with the general organization and function of the endocrine system, you can continue learning about the endocrine glands in more detail. You can start with the pituitary, thyroid and parathyroid glands.