Is the thyroid an endocrine or an exocrine gland?

1 Answer
Jul 10, 2016

Endocrine gland.


The thyroid is an endocrine gland. Endocrine glands produce and secrete hormones directly into the bloodstream (no duct). The hormones will have an effect on cells somewhere else in the body.

#color(red)"Examples"#: thyroid gland, adrenal gland, gonads, pancreas.

Exocrine glands are glands that secrete their products by means of a duct. These products are destined do be excreted from the body.

#color(red)"Examples"#: sweat glands, salivary glands, mucous glands.