sweat gland

noun

Definition of sweat gland

: a simple tubular gland of the skin that excretes perspiration, is widely distributed in nearly all parts of the human skin, and consists typically of an epithelial tube extending spirally from a minute pore on the surface of the skin into the dermis or subcutaneous tissues where it ends in a convoluted tuft

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Recent Examples on the Web But with hyperhidrosis, your sweat glands get the message from your nervous system to go into overdrive. Rachel Grumman Bender, SELF, "When Sweaty Hands and Feet Are Actually Hyperhidrosis," 24 Feb. 2020 The tissues that help skin to match its body position, giving it features like sweat glands and hair as appropriate, lie deeper than many grafts. Amber Dance, Smithsonian Magazine, "Some Salamanders Can Regrow Lost Body Parts. Could Humans One Day Do the Same?," 31 Jan. 2020 Jan Halámek, the forensic chemist whose lab came up with the new process, says that because sweat glands are positioned closely to circulating blood, some ethanol is actually passed to our sweat. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Your Sweat Can Give Away How Drunk You Are," 12 Dec. 2019 Clusters of blood vessels and sweat glands under each brown patch act as thermal windows that release heat from the body. National Geographic, "Unique anatomy sets giraffe apart in the animal kingdom," 20 Sep. 2019 My doctor told me that there are several medications for various illnesses that cause an excessive production from our sweat glands, resulting in night sweats. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: No discount for loyalty?," 16 Sep. 2019 Some complications of diabetes, including damage to blood vessels, can affect sweat glands, limiting the body’s ability to cool, which can bring on heat exhaustion and heat stroke, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Washington Post, "As temperatures rise, overdoses and hospital visits increase," 4 Sep. 2019 If your motivation is running a little low, why not try a new class or get into a team sport to get those sweat glands working? Anna Jay, refinery29.com, "London's Best Workouts To Raise Your Fitness Game," 15 July 2019 Your pocket book and your sweat glands will thank you! Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "The Costly Air Conditioner Mistakes You’re Probably Making," 11 June 2019

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1845, in the meaning defined above

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“Sweat gland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweat%20gland. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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sweat gland

noun

Kids Definition of sweat gland

: a small gland of the skin that gives off perspiration

sweat gland

noun

Medical Definition of sweat gland

: a simple tubular gland of the skin that secretes perspiration, in humans is widely distributed in nearly all parts of the skin, and consists typically of an epithelial tube extending spirally from a minute pore on the surface of the skin into the dermis or subcutaneous tissues where it ends in a convoluted tuft

called also sudoriferous gland, sudoriparous gland

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