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glandular

[glan-juh-ler]
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adjective
  1. consisting of, containing, or bearing glands.
  2. of, relating to, or resembling a gland: a glandular disorder.
  3. visceral; instinctive.
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Origin of glandular

1730–40; English (obsolete) glandule gland (< Latin glandula; see gland1, -ule) + -ar1
Related formsglan·du·lar·ly, adverbin·ter·glan·du·lar, adjectivenon·glan·du·lar, adjectiveun·glan·du·lar, adjective
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Examples from the Web for glandular

Historical Examples

  • Flowers large, to 2/3 in., many in a corymb, on glandular peduncles.

    Trees of the Northern United States

    Austin C. Apgar

  • The glandular forms by far the largest portion of the udder.

  • A disease consisting of any glandular enlargement in any part of the body.

  • It is probable that the secretion from the glandular zone of the ciliary body is increased.

    Glaucoma

    Various

  • How long have the glandular swellings been present, Professor?

    Hilda Wade

    Grant Allen


British Dictionary definitions for glandular

glandular

glandulous (ˈɡlændjʊləs)

adjective
  1. of, relating to, containing, functioning as, or affecting a glandglandular tissue
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Derived Formsglandularly or glandulously, adverb

Word Origin

C18: from Latin glandula, literally: a little acorn; see glanders
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Word Origin and History for glandular

adj.

1740, from French glandulaire, from glandule "small gland" (16c.), from Latin glandula (see gland).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

glandular in Medicine

glandular

(glănjə-lər)
adj.
  1. Of, relating to, affecting, or resembling a gland or its secretion.
  2. Functioning as a gland.
  3. Having glands.
  4. Resulting from the abnormal function of a gland or glands.
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