What type of tissue are endocrine and exocrine glands?

Glandular Epithelium and Glands

Glands consist of parenchyma of glandular epithelium, which forms the secretory portions of glands, surface epithelium, which forms the duct system, and a stroma of connective tissue. Glandular tissue can be divided into exocrine and endocrine glandular tissue. Exocrine glands produce secretions to free surfaces, whereas endocrine glands deliver their secretions to the blood.


  • Glands
  • Glandular epithelium
  • Exocrine glands
  • Endocrine glands
  • Goblet cells
  • Constitutive secretion
  • Regulated secretion
  • Merocrine secretion
  • Apocrine secretion
  • Holocrine secretion
  • End pieces
  • Duct system
  • Myoepithelial cells
  • Secreting epithelial surface
  • Intraepithelial glands
  • Mucous secretion
  • Serous secretion
  • Hormone receptors
  • Hormones
  • Follicular endocrine tissue
  • Trabecular endocrine tissue

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