The pancreas is a compound, acinar, serous , exocrine gland with islets of endocrine cells.
The pale region in the center of this image is one islet, surrounded by many acini of the exocrine pancreas.
Note that the endocrine cells comprising the islets have a different arrangement from the acini (even though cords are not clearly evident in this thin section). The endocrine cells also appear relatively pale in H&E-stained preparations, compared to the exocrine cells.
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