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Definition of Pancreatic alpha cell

Pancreatic alpha cell: A type of cell found in areas within the pancreas called the islets of Langerhans. Alpha cells make and release glucagon, which raises the level of glucose (sugar) in the blood.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/30/2012

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