Organs and Glands in Human Body
Difference between an organ and a gland: An organ is a structural unit composed of multiple types of tissue that work together to perform specific functions, whereas a gland is type of organ that is specialized in producing and secreting substances like hormones, enzymes, mucus, or other products. In short, all glands are organs but not all organs are glands.
- The largest organ of the human body is its skin.
- The largest internal organ and also the largest exocrine gland is the liver.
- The smallest exocrine gland is the sweat gland located underneath the skin. While the goblet cell is also very small, it is type of cell rather than a gland.
- The largest endocrine gland in the human body is the thyroid gland located in the neck region.
- The smallest gland and also the smallest endocrine gland in the human body is the pineal gland located in the middle of the brain.