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[glan-juh-ler] /ˈglæn dʒə lər/
consisting of, containing, or bearing glands.
of, relating to, or resembling a gland:
a glandular disorder.
visceral; instinctive.
Origin of glandular
1730-40; English (obsolete) glandule gland (< Latin glandula; see gland1, -ule) + -ar1
Related forms
glandularly, adverb
interglandular, adjective
nonglandular, adjective
unglandular, adjective Unabridged
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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.

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

    Cattle and Their Diseases Robert Jennings
  • 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
  • There may be hemorrhages in the glandular tissue or under the peritoneum.

    Scurvy Past and Present Alfred Fabian Hess
  • They may be serrate or crenate, doubly or singly divided, glandular or glandless.

    The Peaches of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • They are rough on the surface, and covered with glandular hairs or stings.

    Botany for Ladies Jane Loudon
  • When living, its surface is plain but glandular, becoming corrugated when preserved.

    The Ocean World: Louis Figuier
  • If they remained, they could not pass through the glandular cells.

    The Action of Medicines in the System Frederick William Headland
British Dictionary definitions for glandular


of, relating to, containing, functioning as, or affecting a gland: glandular tissue
Derived Forms
glandularly, glandulously, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from Latin glandula, literally: a little acorn; see glanders
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Word Origin and History for glandular

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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glandular in Medicine

glandular glan·du·lar (glān'jə-lər)

  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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