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Definition of Pancreas, artificial

Pancreas, artificial: A machine that constantly measures glucose (sugar) in the blood and, in response to an elevated level of glucose, releases an appropriate amount of insulin. In this respect, the machine functions like a natural pancreas.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 8/28/2013

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