gland

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noun (1)

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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 (such as a nectary) of plants
glandless adjective

gland

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noun (2)

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: 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

Examples of gland in a Sentence

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Read More: Suffering Shouldn’t Be a Normal Part of Womanhood For early intervention, few examples are more relevant than postpartum thyroiditis, which occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the thyroid gland, causing it to be inflamed. Maytal Eyal and Bridget Freihart, TIME, 17 Apr. 2024 The tumor had spread through the thyroid gland, onto the carotid artery and into the tracheal rings. Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2024 Another potential health issue is anal gland problems. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, symptoms include: Sudden high fever Severe headaches Pain behind the eyes Joint and muscle pain Nausea Vomiting Swollen glands Rash that appears 3 to 4 days after the fever starts Is dengue fever a risk in Ohio? Chad Murphy, The Enquirer, 27 Mar. 2024 Your thyroid gland is a gland in the front of your neck responsible for metabolism regulation. Christine Coppa, Health, 3 Apr. 2024 Through analyzing thin layers of tissue from different organs, the biologists found that the milk is produced by special glands that appear only during the parental care period. Popular Science, 7 Mar. 2024 Dry eye syndrome can be the result of problems with meibomian glands, located in the eyelids. Amanda Gardner, Health, 21 Mar. 2024 The chef also knows not everybody leaps at the thought of thymus glands for dinner. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

origin unknown

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1692, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gland was in 1692

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“Gland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gland. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

gland

noun
ˈgland
: a cell or group of cells that makes and secretes a product (as saliva, sweat, bile, or shell) for further use in or for elimination from the plant or animal body

Medical Definition

gland

noun
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
glandless adjective

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