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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Another in-office option is MiraDry, a device that uses energy to destroy sweat glands after the patient's underarm area is numbed. Marci Robin, Allure, "The FDA Has Approved Qbrexza Cloths to Treat Excessive Underarm Sweating," 2 July 2018 The exact cause of hypderhidrosis is unknown, and other treatments include injecting Botox into problem areas or having sweat glands surgically removed. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "FDA Approves Qbrexza, the First-Ever Prescription Treatment for Excessive Sweating," 2 July 2018 The drug is inside a cloth wiped over the skin daily to block sweat glands from activating. Washington Post, "FDA OKs first drug made to reduce excessive sweating," 30 June 2018 In humans, sweat glands develop between 20 and 30 weeks, the researchers wrote. Michael Nedelman, CNN, "Twins treated for genetic disorder in the womb," 18 May 2018 By contrast, the drug distributed by the Qbrexza cloth will block sweat production by inhibiting sweat glands. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "FDA Approves Qbrexza, the First-Ever Prescription Treatment for Excessive Sweating," 2 July 2018 Qbrexza is a cloth that can be applied to the skin daily to reduce perspiration by blocking sweat gland activation, according to an announcement from manufacturer Dermira. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "The FDA Approved a Topical Treatment for Excessive Underarm Sweating," 30 June 2018 The cloth—which would be applied directly to the armpits—works to block sweat production by inhibiting the sweat gland. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "The FDA Approves Qbrexza Wipes to Stop Excessive Underarm Sweating​​," 29 June 2018 Your body has two types of sweat glands, according to the Mayo Clinic: eccrine and apocrine. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "How to Tell If Your Bad Body Odor Is Cause for Concern," 8 May 2018

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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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