islet islet  /ˈaɪ lɪt/


  • (n) a small island


  1. Once 90% of the islet cells are destroyed, the body is no longer able to regulate blood-sugar levels and the patient develops the classic symptoms of diabetes.
  2. Past attempts to implant fetal islet cells failed because a small percentage of these cells have antigenic markers that trigger an immune response.
  3. For many I-Kiribati, the clincher for the reality of climate change is the disappearance of Bikeman, an islet that once sat about a half-hour's canoe ride southeast of Betio.


  1. New Data on Islet Autoantibodies in Young Children Defines Early Type 1 Diabetes Development

    --Long-term study reveals that multiple islet autoantibodies in young children indicate a high risk of developing type 1 diabetes within 10 years, clarifying the window for potential prevention strategies--NEW YORK, June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A decade-long JDRF-funded study led by the Institute of Diabetes Research in Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany, is providing a deeper ...
    on June 19, 2013     Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! News

  2. Markers of beta-cell dysfunction associated with high rate of progression to type 1 diabetes

    The majority of children at risk of type 1 diabetes who developed 2 or more diabetes-related autoantibodies developed type 1 diabetes within 15 years, findings that highlight the need for research into finding interventions to stop the development of multiple islet autoantibodies, according to a study in the June 19 issue of JAMA.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: EurekAlert!

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  1. "This weekend I underwent a successful surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from my pancreas," Jobs wrote in the e-mail. "I had a very rare form of pancreatic cancer called an islet cell neuroendocrine tumor, which represents about 1 percent...
    on Aug 2, 2004 By: Steve Jobs Source: Boston Globe

  2. "This really shows that islet transplantation can be tremendously successful in protecting against hypoglycemic unawareness," says Dr. Shapiro.
    on Sep 27, 2006 By: James Shapiro Source: Science Daily (press release)

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