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gland

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noun \ˈgland\

Definition of gland

  1. 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. 2 :  any of various secreting organs (as a nectary) of plants

gland·less play \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

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gland

noun

Definition of gland

  1. 1 :  a device for preventing leakage of fluid past a joint in machinery

  2. 2 :  the movable part of a stuffing box by which the packing is compressed



Origin of gland

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1839


Medical Dictionary

gland

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noun \ˈgland\

Medical Definition of gland

  1. 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. 2:  any of various animal structures (as a lymph node) suggestive of glands though not secretory in function

  3. gland·less \ˈglan-dləs\play adjective





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