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|+||Endocrine gland: A gland that secretes a substance (a [[hormone]]) into the [[bloodstream]]. The endocrine glands are "glands of internal secretion." They include the [[hypothalamus]], pituitary gland, pineal gland, [[thyroid]], parathyroid glands, [[heart]] (which makes atrial-natriuretic peptide), the stomach and intestines, islets of Langerhans in the [[pancreas]], the adrenal glands, the [[kidney]] (which makes renin, erythropoietin, and calcitriol), fat cells (which make leptin). the testes, the ovarian follicle (estrogens) and the corpus luteum in the ovary).|