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Exocrine gland refers to glands that secrete their products via a duct. This is as opposed to endocrine glands that release their products directly into the circulatory system via the capillary network pervading the gland itself. Endocrine glands are the defining elements of the endocrine system.


Typical exocrine glands include sweat glands, salivary glands, and many glands of the digestive system.


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Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer: Pancreatic cancer, exocrine (1448 words)
Exocrine pancreatic cancer is a disease in which cancerous cells originate within the tissues of the pancreas that produce digestive juices.
The exocrine pancreas forms an intricate system of channels or ducts, which are tubular structures that carry pancreatic juices to the small intestine where they are used for digestion.
Ninety-five percent of pancreatic cancers occur in the tissues of the exocrine pancreas.
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