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Anatomy of the Endocrine System

The endocrine system is made up of seven different glands (groups of cells) that make chemicals called hormones. Hormones are substances that act as "messengers" to control many body functions. The endocrine system makes more than 20 major hormones that help control:

  • Growth
  • Reproduction
  • Sexual development
  • Use and storage of energy
  • Response to physical stress or trauma
  • Levels of fluid, salt and sugar in the blood
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Hypothalamus

Pineal Body

Pituitary

Thyroid and Parathyroids

Adrenal Gland

Pancreas

Ovary

Testis


Last Updated: 06/2012