- a cell, group of cells, or organ producing a secretion.
- any of various organs or structures resembling the shape but not the function of true glands.
Origin of gland1
Definition for glands (2 of 2)
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Examples from the Web for glands
I can assure you that already in the Pavlovian swamps of the nutso right, the glands are swelling.
The glands form tumours of variable size, and are often larger than the primary growth, the characters of which they reproduce.Manual of Surgery|Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
In the course of embryonic development all glands are formed by an ingrowth of the surface.Disease and Its Causes|William Thomas Councilman
The size and number of these glands also depends on the amount of food digested within a given period.The Anatomy of the Human Peritoneum and Abdominal Cavity|George. S. Huntington
This acid produces real stimulation in the stomach, resulting in a flow of gastric juice from the glands of the stomach walls.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5|Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Lactic acid, or some similar acid, is poured out in excess by the glands of the stomach.The Action of Medicines in the System|Frederick William Headland
British Dictionary definitions for glands (1 of 2)
Word Origin for gland
British Dictionary definitions for glands (2 of 2)
Word Origin for gland
Word Origin and History for glands
1690s, from French glande (Old French glandre, 13c.), from Latin glandula "gland of the throat, tonsil," diminutive of glans (genitive glandis) "acorn, nut; acorn-shaped ball," from PIE root *gwele- "acorn" (cf. Greek balanos, Armenian kalin, Old Church Slavonic zelodi "acorn;" Lithuanian gile "oak"). Earlier English form was glandula (c.1400).
Medicine definitions for glands
Science definitions for glands
Culture definitions for glands
Organs or groups of cells that take substances from the blood and change them chemically so that they can be secreted later for further use by the body. There are two kinds of glands: those that secrete their substances directly into the bloodstream (endocrine glands), and those that secrete their substances through channels or ducts (such as sweat glands and salivary glands).