- either of two small glands that secrete a mucous substance into the male urethra.
Origin of Cowper's gland
1730–40; named after William Cowper (1666–1709), English anatomist, who discovered them
Also called bulbourethral gland.
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- two small yellowish glands near the prostate that secrete a mucous substance into the urethra during sexual stimulation in malesCompare Bartholin's glands
C18: named after William Cowper (1666–1709), English anatomist who discovered them
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Word Origin and History for cowper's glands
1738, so called because discovered by anatomist William Cowper (1666-1709); see Cooper.
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