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Hormones 101

The Endocrine Glands

Endocrine tissues or glands contain specialized cells that synthesize, store, and release hormones directly into the bloodstream.   In contrast to exocrine organs that secrete their substances into ducts. However, there are a few exocrine organs that also have endocrine gland function, secreting hormones directly into the blood stream. E.g. the pancreas, kidneys, liver

Endocrine Organs Hormones Secreted Target Organ Hormone Function
Anterior Pituitary Gland (tropic hormones) FOLLICLE-STIMULATING HORMONE (FSH) Ovaries, testes Regulates oogenesis /spermatogenesis Regulates development, growth, pubertal maturation, and reproduction processes;


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