gland

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1gland

noun \ˈgland\

Definition of GLAND

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a :  a specialized cell, group of cells, or organ of endothelial origin that selectively removes materials from the blood, concentrates or alters them, and secretes them for further use in the body or for elimination from the body — compare endocrine gland, exocrine gland
b :  any of various animal structures suggestive of glands though not secretory in function
2
:  any of various secreting organs (as a nectary) of plants
gland·less \ˈgland-ləs\ adjective

Origin of GLAND

French glande, from Old French, glandular swelling on the neck, gland, ultimately from Latin gland-, glans acorn; akin to Greek balanos acorn
First Known Use: 1692

Other Anatomy Terms

bilateral symmetry, carotid, cartilage, dorsal, entrails, prehensile, renal, solar plexus, supine, thoracic, ventral

2gland

noun

Definition of GLAND

1
:  a device for preventing leakage of fluid past a joint in machinery
2
:  the movable part of a stuffing box by which the packing is compressed

Origin of GLAND

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1839

gland

noun \ˈgland\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of GLAND

1
: a cell, group of cells, or organ of endothelial origin that selectively removes materials from the blood, concentrates or alters them, and secretes them for further use in the body or for elimination from the body
2
: any of various animal structures (as a lymph node) suggestive of glands though not secretory in function
gland·less \ˈglan-dləs\ adjective

gland

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Collection of cells or tissue that removes specific substances from the blood, alters or concentrates them, and then either releases them for further use by the body or eliminates them. Typically, the functional cells of a gland rest on a membrane and are surrounded by a meshwork of blood vessels. Endocrine, or ductless, glands (e.g., pituitary, thyroid, adrenal) discharge hormones into the bloodstream directly rather than through ducts (see endocrine system). Exocrine glands (e.g., digestive, mammary, salivary, sweat) discharge their products through ducts.

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