Mixed glands
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  • Mixed glands, also known as compound glands, are a type of gland that contains both exocrine and endocrine components.
  • These glands can secrete both hormones (endocrine function) and substances through ducts (exocrine function).
  • Examples:  pancreas. The pancreas has both endocrine and exocrine functions:
  • The pancreas contains clusters of cells called the islets of Langerhans, which secrete hormones such as insulin and glucagon directly into the bloodstream to regulate blood sugar levels.
  • pancreas Exocrine function: The pancreas also contains acinar cells that produce digestive enzymes, which are released into ducts and transported to the small intestine to aid in digestion.