Cowper's gland

[kou-perz, koo-]

noun Anatomy, Zoology.

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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British Dictionary definitions for cowper's glands

Cowper's glands

pl n

two small yellowish glands near the prostate that secrete a mucous substance into the urethra during sexual stimulation in malesCompare Bartholin's glands

Word Origin for Cowper's glands

C18: named after William Cowper (1666–1709), English anatomist who discovered them

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Word Origin and History for cowper's glands

Cowper's gland

n.

1738, so called because discovered by anatomist William Cowper (1666-1709); see Cooper.

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Medicine definitions for cowper's glands

Cowper's gland

[koupərz, kōō-]

n.

bulbourethral gland

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