Biology: The Dynamic Science (Mind...

4th Edition
Peter J. Russell + 2 others
ISBN: 9781305389892



Biology: The Dynamic Science (Mind...

4th Edition
Peter J. Russell + 2 others
ISBN: 9781305389892
Textbook Problem

Distinguish between exocrine and endocrine glands. What is the tissue type of each of these glands?

Summary Introduction

To review:

Difference between endocrine and exocrine glands and the tissue type of these glands.


The glands are structures that have cells, which are specialized for secretion. The exocrine and endocrine glands are the two categories of glands that produce secretions, which regulate various vital body processes.


The endocrine glands, as well as the exocrine glands, are derived from epithelial tissue. These are formed during the embryonic development by the pockets of epithelial tissue, which dip in an inward direction from the surface and develop secreting abilities. Ovaries and pancreas act as endocrine and exocrine glands.

Differences between endocrine and exocrine glands are as follows:

Endocrine glands Exocrine glands
Endocrine glands are ductless glands. In these glands, during the development process, the connecting cells disappear. So, they remain ductless and isolated from the surface. These glands have ducts. In these glands, the connecting cells, which are present between the epithelial surface cells and the secretory gland cells, remain to form a duct between these glands and the surface...

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