sweat gland

noun

: 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

Examples of sweat gland in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its thick fleece coat ensures heat conservation, and a lack of functional sweat glands bolsters its cold tolerance. Jack Knudson, Discover Magazine, 6 Feb. 2024 The device generates heat that eliminates or damages sweat glands in your underarms.12 Surgery: Other procedures that treat hyperhidrosis of the underarms include excision (cuts out), curettage (scrapes out), and liposuction (suctions out) of the sweat glands. Cathy Cassata, Health, 28 Jan. 2024 Holmes explained that certain elements—skin, sweat glands, the circulatory system, and the hypothalamus—play key roles in thermoregulation. Korin Miller, Health, 19 Jan. 2024 Your body secretes sweat, a liquid that contains salt, from sweat glands. Amanda MacMillan, Health, 25 Nov. 2023 Surgery: This includes procedures to cut nerves that stimulate sweat or remove sweat glands. Amanda MacMillan, Health, 25 Nov. 2023 This causes micro-thermal injuries to the sweat glands that temporarily inactivates them. Petra Guglielmetti, Glamour, 13 Nov. 2023 It is caused when ducts from eccrine sweat glands that lead to the skin’s surface are blocked or inflamed. Matthew Sloan, Chicago Tribune, 30 Aug. 2023 Heat rash also can occur in newborns, as their eccrine sweat glands are not fully developed. Matthew Sloan, Chicago Tribune, 30 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sweat gland was in 1845

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“Sweat gland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweat%20gland. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

sweat gland

noun
: a gland of the skin that gives off perspiration and opens by a tiny pore in the skin

Medical Definition

sweat gland

noun
: 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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