Dictionary

1gland

noun \ˈgland\

Definition of GLAND

1
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
GLANDS Defined for Kids

gland

noun \ˈgland\

Definition of GLAND for Kids

:  a cluster of cells or an organ in the body that produces a substance (as saliva, sweat, or bile) to be used by the body or given off from it
Medical Dictionary

gland

noun \ˈgland\

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
July 01, 2015
precarious Hear it
not certain, secure, or steady
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears