Human Body

Nerves and Senses

What are the organs of the endocrine system?

The endocrine system consists of glands and other hormone-producing tissues. Glands are specialized cells that secrete hormones into the interstitial fluid. Hormones are then transported to the capillaries and circulated via the blood. The major endocrine glands are the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, pineal, and adrenal glands. Other hormone-secreting organs are the central nervous system (hypothalamus), kidneys, heart, pancreas, thymus, ovaries, and testes. Some organs, such as the pancreas, secrete hormones as an endocrine function but have other functions also.


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