oil gland


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

Examples of oil gland in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Swans use a special oil gland and their saliva to keep their feathers white. Morgan Haefner, Quartz, 7 June 2024 Blue light works on the deeper layers, targeting oil glands, which leads to fewer breakouts. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 4 Jan. 2024 Just like with a stye (and most eyelid bumps), a pimple is caused by an oil gland getting blocked by a mix of skin cells, oil, and keratin, creating inflammation within the follicle. Chloe Metzger, Allure, 15 Dec. 2023 While some areas of the body are brimming with oil glands, other areas may require extra care. Samantha Mims, Essence, 6 Dec. 2023 The highest concentrations of allergens are found on a cat’s face and neck, due to the location of those oil glands. Matt Benoit, Discover Magazine, 20 Apr. 2023 Pimples, also called whiteheads, pustules or papules, are small tender bumps found on the areas of the body where the most oil glands are present, such as on one's face, back, shoulders, and neck. Daryl Austin, USA TODAY, 12 Aug. 2023 The cause: These random build-ups of keratin, which looks like a pimple under the skin, pop up on areas of the body with a high volume of oil glands. Women's Health, 2 May 2023 Topical retinoids can help prevent blackheads by decreasing oil production in oil glands and helping clear out clogged pores. Alyssa Hui, Verywell Health, 29 Apr. 2023

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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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“Oil gland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oil%20gland. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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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