Medical endocrinology is the study of diseases caused by hormonal dysfunction.
A hormone is a chemical messenger which is produced by specialized secretory cells and has an action on cells nearby (paracrine) or at a distance (endocrine).
The endocrine system co-ordinates the activities of different cells and tissues thereby maintaining homeostasis.
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Last edited 03/2018 and last reviewed 03/2021