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sweat gland

noun, Anatomy.
1.
one of the minute, coiled, tubular glands of the skin that secrete sweat.
Origin of sweat gland
1835-1845
First recorded in 1835-45
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Examples from the Web for sweat glands
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  • Its other heat-regulating mechanism is made up of the sweat glands.

    Physiology Ernest G. Martin
  • sweat glands are present by the thousands in the skin of all parts of the body.

    Health Lessons Alvin Davison
  • It will be noticed that there are only a few orifices of the sweat glands in this region.

    A Practical Physiology Albert F. Blaisdell
  • The protection is less perfect about the hairs and the sweat glands.

    Disease and Its Causes

    William Thomas Councilman
  • Water evaporated quickly in the hot, dry air and sweat glands operated at the highest possible degree of efficiency.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • The sweat glands are simply over-active and the secretion easily decomposes and is highly offensive.

    Touring Afoot Claude Powell Fordyce
  • The object is to harden and practically tan the superficial layers of the skin and alter the secretions of the sweat glands.

    Touring Afoot Claude Powell Fordyce
  • On every square inch of his body the sweat glands seethed with sudden activity.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • Notice that hair, hair glands and sweat glands are continuous with the surface and represent a downward extension of this.

    Disease and Its Causes

    William Thomas Councilman
  • In the skin, these little gland-pockets are of two kinds, the sweat glands and the hair glands.

    A Handbook of Health

    Woods Hutchinson
British Dictionary definitions for sweat glands

sweat gland

noun
1.
any of the coiled tubular subcutaneous glands that secrete sweat by means of a duct that opens on to the skin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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sweat glands in Medicine

sweat gland n.
Any of the small, tubular glands that are found nearly everywhere in the skin of humans, that secrete perspiration externally through pores, and that comprise the apocrine sweat and eccrine glands. Also called sudoriferous gland.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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sweat glands in Science
sweat gland  
Any of the numerous small, tubular glands that are found in the skin of many mammals and that secrete sweat externally through pores to help regulate body temperature. In humans and some other mammals, sweat glands are distributed over most of the body surface.
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sweat glands in Culture

sweat glands definition


Glands in the skin that secrete sweat.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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