anal gland


Definition of anal gland

: any of numerous glands, occurring solitary or in pairs or groups, near the anus and sometimes opening into the rectum: such as
a : either of the paired glands of a skunk that produce an offensive secretion
b : a gland in mollusks of the genus Murex that secretes a purple substance used in dyeing

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First Known Use of anal gland

1801, in the meaning defined above

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“Anal gland.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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