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Which gland is called the ‘dual gland’? Why?
Pancreas is called the Dual gland. It is called so because it exhibits both exocrine and endocrine nature.
Exocrine nature of pancreas-
Pancreas exhibit exocrine nature because it secretes some enzymes through its acinar cells which also have ducts.
It secretes chymotrypsin, pancreatic lipases through pancreatic duct and thus exhibits exocrine nature.
Endocrine nature of pancreas-
Pancreas exhibit endocrine nature due to its Islets of Langerhens. This islet of langerhens secrets hormones insulin and glucagon and are ductless. Glucagon is secreted by alpha cells and insulin is secreted by beta cells of islets of langerhens. So, in this way pancreas exhibits endocrine nature.
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