In this lesson, we introduce the anatomy (structure) and physiology (functions and relationships) of the endocrine system, also called the hormonal or glandular system.
Gain an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the endocrine (glandular or hormonal) system.
Describe the endocrine system and define glands and hormones. Explain how the endocrine system and nervous system are similar and how they are different. Describe the hypothalamus, its location and the hormones it secretes. Explain the different ways in which various resources refer to the hypothalamus and its role in the endocrine system. List the primary endocrine glands from the head downward and describe the primary functions of each.
adrenal glands, endocrine system, glands, gonads, hormones, hypothalamus, pancreas, parathyroid, pineal gland, pituitary gland, thymus, thyroid
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