- 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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Word Origin and History for cowper's gland
1738, so called because discovered by anatomist William Cowper (1666-1709); see Cooper.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cowper's gland(kou′pərz, kōō′-)
- bulbourethral gland
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