oil gland


: a gland (as of the skin) that produces an oily secretion: such as
: a sebaceous gland

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The goal is to remove the oil gland and cloaca while also creating a hole to extract the innards. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, 23 Dec. 2020 The dog’s skin absorbs the chemicals, which are then slowly released by the dog’s oil glands, coating the dog’s fur. The Editors, Field & Stream, 3 Mar. 2020 These are impregnated with chemicals that are absorbed by the dog’s skin and are emitted by the dog’s oil glands. The Editors, Field & Stream, 18 Feb. 2020 The prominent oil glands on the leaves contain enzymes that also intensify overall tomato flavor. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, 11 Dec. 2019 Beyond its antibacterial properties, the gel has salicylic acid, an exfoliant that unclogs pores and acts as an anti-inflammatory on acne-producing oil glands. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 8 July 2019 Just like oil glands on your face and the rest of your body, your Montgomery glands can get plugged and cause zits to form. Korin Miller, SELF, 20 Aug. 2019 Herbivore Emerald CBD + Adaptogens Deep Moisture Glow Oil combines the skin-calming adaptogen with CBD to thwart overactive oil glands and help prevent blemishes from forming. Meirav Devash, Marie Claire, 24 May 2019 Gray hair can seem coarser because the oil glands in the scalp produce less sebum, which will result in drier and tougher, textured hair, says Dhiran Mistry of David Mallett Hair. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, 4 June 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1836, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oil gland was circa 1836

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Cite this Entry

“Oil gland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oil%20gland. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

oil gland

: a gland (as of the skin) that gives off an oily substance

Medical Definition

oil gland

: a gland (as of the skin) that produces an oily secretion
specifically : sebaceous gland

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