Endocrine system vocabulary

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Endocrine system

controls other body systems by releasing certain chemicals

hormones

chemicals that are produced by endocrine glands

gland

a group of cells that makes special chemicals for your body; they make hormones

thyroid

controls how fast the body uses its energy

Adrenal gland

helps us respond to danger; fight or flight;makes epinephrine (adrenalin)

testes

male reproductive hormone

ovaries

female reproductive hormone

pancreas

makes insulin to help cells take in glucose; controls blood sugar levels

parathyroid

controls levels of vitamins and minerals in the body; controls calcium levels in blood

thymus

helps fight disease and bacteria

pituitary

the gland that helps control all the other glands

Feedback system

turn endocrine glands ON and OFF; sends hormones where needed

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