- any of several glands, as the salivary glands, that secrete externally through a duct.
Origin of exocrine gland
First recorded in 1925–30
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- any gland, such as a salivary or sweat gland, that secretes its products through a duct onto an epithelial surface
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- A gland, such as a sebaceous gland or sweat gland, that releases its secretions to the body's cavities, organs, or surface through a duct.
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- Any gland of the body that produces secretions and discharges them into a cavity or through a duct to the surface of the body. In mammals, the sweat glands and mammary glands are exocrine glands.
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