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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