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duodenal glands


Definition: small, branched, coiled tubular glands that occur mostly in the submucosa of the first third of the duodenum; they secrete human epidermal growth factor (urogastrone) as well as an alkaline mucoid substance that neutralizes gastric juice.

Synonym(s): glandulae duodenalesTA, Brunner glands, Wepfer glands

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