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Difference between exocrine and endocrine glands?


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  • Endocrine Glands:

- They produce and secretes Hormones directly into the bloodstream.

- As the word suggests, "Endo" means Inside + "Crine" means to secrete, therefore Endocrine means = To Secrete Inside.

- Located away from the target.

- Examples = Pineal Gland, Pituitary Gland, Hypothalamus etc.

  • Exocrine Glands:

- They produce and secretes the enzymes onto an epithelial surface by the way of a duct.

- As the word suggests, "Exo" means Outside + "Crine" means to secrete, therefore Exocrine means = To secrete Outside.

- Located over the target to pour the secretion.

- Examples = Sweat Glands, Salivary Glands, Mammary Glands etc.

Exception: Mixocrine Glands i.e. they consists of both Endocrine and Exocrine Part and secretes Enzymes and Hormones both (Eg. Liver & Pancreas).


Biology

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