oil gland

noun

Definition of oil gland 

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

a : a sebaceous gland

b : uropygial gland

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Staph infections form when a type of staphylococcus bacteria infects some part of the body, the Mayo Clinic explains, most commonly causing boils that form in oil glands or hair follicles. Lynsey Eidell, SELF, "Blink-182's Travis Barker Is Back in the Hospital Due to Complications From Blood Clots," 20 June 2018 Cysts are most likely to affect your chin and jawline since this area has a large number of oil glands — which means a higher probability of breakouts and clogged pores. Marissa Desantis, Teen Vogue, "What Cystic Acne Is, and How to Treat It," 6 June 2018 The skin under the eyes is irritable, contains the least amount of oil glands, and is thin, sort of like Zuckerberg’s defenses. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "5 Eye-Cream Tips for Mark Zuckerberg," 12 Apr. 2018 Pimples are caused by a blockage of an oil gland, which, yes, sounds similar to how styes form. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Eyelid Bumps 101: How to Identify Styes, Milia, and Pimples," 2 Mar. 2018 Willson thinks the dippers can survive the transition from 32-degree water to subzero air because of their feathers, which are denser than other songbirds', and large oil glands near the base of their tails. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Snorkeling songbird: Dippers swim Alaska rivers throughout winter," 6 Jan. 2018 And with few oil glands, the skin there tends to looks older faster. Jessica Matlin, Cosmopolitan, "Why You Need to Start Using Eye Cream in Your 20s," 9 Aug. 2016 In some women, that’s enough to make oil glands secrete more oil and cause acne. Katheryn Erickson, Glamour, "Adult Acne, Still? How to Deal When Your Face Thinks You’re 13," 25 Sep. 2017

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circa 1836, in the meaning defined above

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oil gland

noun

Medical Definition of oil gland 

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

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