- a cell, group of cells, or organ producing a secretion.
- any of various organs or structures resembling the shape but not the function of true glands.
- Botany. a secreting organ or structure.
Origin of gland1
Origin of gland2
Examples from the Web for glands
I can assure you that already in the Pavlovian swamps of the nutso right, the glands are swelling.The Coming Attempt to Impeach Obama
May 12, 2013
With increase in its function has come increase in the size of the glands.The Meaning of Evolution
Samuel Christian Schmucker
Glands should not be taken from the ape or other animal for human use.The Goat-gland Transplantation
Sydney B. Flower
The seat of this affection is the glands of Peyer and Brunner.
He made an examination of the glands of her neck, but said no more.An American Suffragette
Isaac N. Stevens
In this diagram are shown the three glands (G) of the left side.A Handbook of Health
- a cell or organ in man and other animals that synthesizes chemical substances and secretes them for the body to use or eliminate, either through a duct (exocrine gland) or directly into the bloodstream (endocrine gland)See also exocrine gland, endocrine gland
- a structure, such as a lymph node, that resembles a gland in form
- a cell or organ in plants that synthesizes and secretes a particular substance
- a device that prevents leakage of fluid along a rotating shaft or reciprocating rod passing through a boundary between areas of high and low pressure. It often consists of a flanged metal sleeve bedding into a stuffing box
Word Origin and History for glands
1690s, from French glande (Old French glandre, 13c.), from Latin glandula "gland of the throat, tonsil," diminutive of glans (genitive glandis) "acorn, nut; acorn-shaped ball," from PIE root *gwele- "acorn" (cf. Greek balanos, Armenian kalin, Old Church Slavonic zelodi "acorn;" Lithuanian gile "oak"). Earlier English form was glandula (c.1400).
- A cell, a group of cells, or an organ that produces a secretion for use in or for elimination from the body.
- Any of various organs, such as lymph nodes, that resemble true glands but perform a nonsecretory function.
Organs or groups of cells that take substances from the blood and change them chemically so that they can be secreted later for further use by the body. There are two kinds of glands: those that secrete their substances directly into the bloodstream (endocrine glands), and those that secrete their substances through channels or ducts (such as sweat glands and salivary glands).