glandular

adjective

glan·​du·​lar ˈglan-jə-lər How to pronounce glandular (audio)
1
a
: of, relating to, or involving glands, gland cells, or their products
b
: having the characteristics or function of a gland
2
a
: innate, inherent
the almost glandular … instinct for adventure and romanceNewsweek
glandularly adverb

Examples of glandular in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Breast density measures how much fibrous and glandular tissue (referred to as fibroglandular tissue) there is in the breast relative to fat tissue. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 9 Oct. 2023 Breast cancer is known to develop in glandular tissue, so having more tissue may allow abnormal cells to grow. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 9 Oct. 2023 How, exactly, did the glandular secretions from a male deer — that would be the musk aroma used in perfumes — become a symbol of luxury? Curbed Staff, Curbed, 10 Mar. 2023 On a mammogram, glandular and connective tissue looks white, and fat shows up as black. Valerie Debenedette, Verywell Health, 28 Mar. 2023 Why Breast Density Plays Role in Cancer Risk Breast density refers to the amount of glandular and fibrous tissue relative to the fatty tissue in a person’s breasts. Claire Bugos, Verywell Health, 9 May 2023 Breast density refers to the amount of fibrous and glandular tissue in a person’s breasts compared with the amount of fatty tissue in the breasts – and breast density can be seen on a mammogram. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 2 May 2023 Dense breasts have more fibrous and glandular tissue, and less fatty tissue, according to the National Cancer Institute. Alexa Mikhail, Fortune Well, 10 May 2023 Breasts are considered dense if they are composed of more glandular and connective tissue than fat. Leah Small, Scientific American, 10 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1740, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of glandular was circa 1740

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Cite this Entry

“Glandular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glandular. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

glandular

adjective
glan·​du·​lar ˈglan-jə-lər How to pronounce glandular (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or involving glands, gland cells, or their products
glandular activity
2
: having the traits or activities of a gland
glandular tissue
glandularly adverb

Medical Definition

glandular

adjective
glan·​du·​lar ˈglan-jə-lər How to pronounce glandular (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or involving glands, gland cells, or their products
2
: having the characteristics or function of a gland
glandular tissue

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