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Cowper's gland

[kou-perz, koo-]
noun Anatomy, Zoology.
  1. either of two small glands that secrete a mucous substance into the male urethra.
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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
  1. two small yellowish glands near the prostate that secrete a mucous substance into the urethra during sexual stimulation in malesCompare Bartholin's glands
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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


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

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cowper's glands in Medicine

Cowper's gland

(koupərz, kōō-)
  1. bulbourethral gland
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