Origin of cowper's gland
William Cowper †1709 English surgeon
First Known Use: 1738
Medical Definition of Cowper's gland
: either of two small glands of which one lies on each side of the male urethra below the prostate gland and discharges a secretion into the semen—called also bulbourethral gland, gland of Cowper; compare bartholin's gland
Biographical Note for cowper's gland
Cowper \ˈkau̇-pər, ˈkü-pər, ˈku̇p-ər\play play play , William (1666–1709), British anatomist. In 1702 Cowper described the bulbourethral glands. The glands had been described previously, in 1684 by the French surgeon Jean Méry, but Cowper's description was so excellent that ever since they have been more commonly known as Cowper's glands.
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