1. 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 ).

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There is a long history of the mammary glands as comedy fodder.

The HPA axis is a circuit between your brain, your hormone glands, and the rest of your body.

But the attitude of doctors was that if the lymph glands were swollen it was a good sign of a body fighting infection.

I can assure you that already in the Pavlovian swamps of the nutso right, the glands are swelling.

In Vienna she had undergone a new medical process, involving her endocrine glands, that rejuvenates the body and skin.

These migrate to the salivary glands, and are carried into the blood of the person whom the mosquito bites.

It is secreted by the gastric glands, and is transformed into pepsin by the action of a free acid.

The tubercles and portions of the caseous glands should be crushed between two slides, dried, and stained for tubercle bacilli.

Sometimes those which do nothing but furnish these secretions are spoken of as "ductless glands," from their structure.

They are called endocrine glands or organs, and their chemical contributions to the blood are known as hormones.