Endocrine System Basics

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The Endocrine System

The endocrine system consists of many small organs responsible for the release of hormones. The endocrine system regulates metabolism, growth and development, tissue function and mood. The Endocrine System Web Guide provides resources for teaching the system and study materials for students.

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Endocrine System Basics

Learn about the function of the endocrine system and find diagrams of the endocrine system online. Endocrine system basics are easy to find at the sites below, written in language you don’t have to be a doctor to understand.

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  • The saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” is an apt one for this topic. Many sites allow you to zoom in to view very detailed images of particular organs. Often getting a good look at the parts of an organ and their names is as informative as reading pages of text.
  • If you’ve found a site you like and you’re looking to get additional information—perhaps for a term paper or other research—check for a “contact us” link or for the e-mail address of the author (usually located at the bottom of the page). Most authors of these types of Web sites will happily answer your inquiries.

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Endocrine System for Kids

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Functions of the Endocrine System

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