exocrine gland

noun

: a gland (such as a salivary gland or part of the pancreas) that releases a secretion external to or at the surface of an organ by means of a canal or duct

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of exocrine gland was circa 1927

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“Exocrine gland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exocrine%20gland. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

exocrine gland

noun
: a gland (as a sweat gland or pancreas) that releases a secretion outside of or at the surface of an organ or part by means of a duct or canal

Medical Definition

exocrine gland

noun
: a gland (as a sweat gland, a salivary gland, or a kidney) that releases a secretion external to or at the surface of an organ by means of a canal or duct

called also gland of external secretion

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