Medical Terminology

neuroendocrine

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Neuroendocrine means both neural and endocrine in structure and function. Neuroendocrine cells are like nerve cells (neurons), but they also make hormones, like cells of the endocrine system (endocrine cells) do. Neuroendocrine cells receive neuronal input (neurotransmitters released by nerve cells) and, as a result of this input, release hormones into the bloodstream.