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Which is the largest gland in the human body?
  1. Pancreas
  2. Liver
  3. Thyroid
  4. Pituitary

Liver is the largest gland of the human body. It is the accessory gland that helps in digestion other accessory glands that helps in digestion includes pancreas and salivary glands. It is an exocrine gland that produces bile that is essential for emulsification of fats.

Once bile is produced in the liver it is stored in the gallbladder and is released when food enters the small intestine. Fats are insoluble substances for complete digestion of lipids to fatty acids and glycerols emulsification is necessary and the liver plays a role in this major function.

Other functions performed by liver includes

  • Metabolism
  • Storage of glycogen and fats
  • Production of hormones
  • Detoxification of drugs
  • Production of cholesterol
  • Help in immune responses
  • Maintenance of blood sugar
  • Storage of micronutrients

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