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The pancreas produces all of the following EXCEPT:

 

a) bile salts

 

b) glucagon

 

c) insulin

 

d) digestive enzymes

 

Explanation

 

The pancreas possesses endocrine function secreting insulin, glucagon, somatostatin, and pancreatic polypeptide directly into the blood. The pancreas also possesses exocrine function secreting digestive fluids into ducts that secrete into the digestive tract at the duodenum. Bile salts are made in the liver.

 

a) bile salts, Correct, Bile salts are made in the liver.

 

b) glucagon, incorrect, Glucagon is made in the pancreas and counters the effects of insulin.

 

c) insulin, incorrect, Insulin is made in the pancreas.

 

d) digestive enzymes, incorrect, The pancreas has exocrine function releasing digestive enzymes into the digestive tract.

 

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