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- This is the study of secretions that comes from inside
- There is also the so called Exocrine but this is not greatly used (exocrinology)
- The secretion comes from inside directly through the target glands without the use
of no ducts or passageways
- Another name for endocrine is Ductless glands
- The secretion is called hormones
- The study of hormones of the ductless glands (study of secretion that is sent to the
target glands)

The Major Endocrine Organs

The major endocrine organs of the body include pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal,
pineal, thymus glands, the pancreas and the gonads (ovaries and testes). The
hypothalamus which is part of the nervous system, is also recognized as a major
endocrine organ because it produces several hormones.

- A gland about 1 cm lodged into the sulla diaphragmatic sella (called sella turcica)
- Devides into anterior (adenohypophysis) and posterior (neurohypophysis)

*Hypothalamus – below the thalamus which send signals to the anterior pituitary so it
could send all signals to the target glands

*Hypothalamic – pituitary and whatever the target gland will be like:
- thyroid gland (hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis)
- adrenals (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis_
gonads (hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis)

- Thyroid releasing hormone from the hypothalamus will stimulate the anterior
pituitary to produce thyroid stimulating hormone which will stimulate the thyroid
gland to produce T3 and T4 which will now go to all the tissues of the body.
- Adrenals: with ACTH and with the hypothalamic factors that will affect the
adrenals (called Adrenotropic releasing hormone which stimulates the adrenal
gland to secrete its three secretions which are cortisone, aldosterone, and sex

Hormones of the Anterior Pituitary
- Growth hormone
- Prolactin, something to do with lactation
- Follicle stimulating hormone, stimulate follicle development in the ovaries,
stimulate sperm develpment
- Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), influences the the growth and activity of the
thyroid gland.
- Luteinizing hormone (LH), triggers ovulation of an egg from female ovary and
causes the ruptured follicle to become a corpus luteum, it also referred to as
Interstitial cell-stimulating hormone (ICSH) because it stimulates testosterone
production by the interstitial cells of the testes.

Hormones of the posterior Pituitary
The posterior pituitary is not an endocrine gland in the strict sense because it does not
make the peptide hormones it releases. Instead, it simply acts as a storage area for
hormones made by hypothalamic neurons.
- Oxytoxin, is released in significant amount only during childbirth and in nursing
women. It stimulats powerful contractions of the uterine muscle during labor,
during sexual relations, and when a women breast-feeds her baby. It also causes
milk ejection (the letdown reflex) in a nursing woman.
- Antidiuretic hormone (ADH), Diuresis is urine production. Thus antidiuretic is a
chemichal that inhibits or prevent urine production. ADH causes the kidneys to
reabsorb more water from the forming urine, as a result, urine volume decreases
and blood volume increases.