Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

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Endocrinology

  • Janine SanchezEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6439-6_744-2

Synonyms

Definition

Endocrinology is the study of the endocrine system and its diseases. The endocrine system includes hormones (chemical mediators) and the organs/cells which secrete them. Endocrinology includes the study of the biosynthesis, storage, chemistry, and physiological function of hormones and the tissues that secrete them. The endocrine system consists of different parts of the body that secrete hormones directly into the blood rather than into a duct system. Hormones have many different functions and modes of action. They may act locally or away from their site of origin. They often interact with other biological systems.

Cross-References

References and Further Reading

  1. Sperling, M. A. (2009). Pediatric endocrinology (3rd ed.). Philadelphia: WB Saunders.Google Scholar
  2. Wilson, J. D. (2008). Williams textbook of endocrinology (11th ed.). Philadelphia: WB Saunders.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PediatricsUniversity of MiamiMiamiUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Alan M. Delamater
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  1. 1.Department of PediatricsUniversity of Miami Miller School of MedicineMiamiUSA