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  1. consisting of, containing, or bearing glands.
  2. of, relating to, or resembling a gland: a glandular disorder.
  3. visceral; instinctive.
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Origin of glandular

1730–40; English (obsolete) glandule gland (< Latin glandula; see gland1, -ule) + -ar1
Related formsglan·du·lar·ly, adverbin·ter·glan·du·lar, adjectivenon·glan·du·lar, adjectiveun·glan·du·lar, adjective
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Examples from the Web for glandular

Historical Examples

  • Flowers large, to 2/3 in., many in a corymb, on glandular peduncles.

    Trees of the Northern United States

    Austin C. Apgar

  • The glandular forms by far the largest portion of the udder.

  • A disease consisting of any glandular enlargement in any part of the body.

  • It is probable that the secretion from the glandular zone of the ciliary body is increased.



  • How long have the glandular swellings been present, Professor?

    Hilda Wade

    Grant Allen

British Dictionary definitions for glandular


glandulous (ˈɡlændjʊləs)

  1. of, relating to, containing, functioning as, or affecting a glandglandular tissue
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Derived Formsglandularly or glandulously, adverb

Word Origin

C18: from Latin glandula, literally: a little acorn; see glanders
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Word Origin and History for glandular


1740, from French glandulaire, from glandule "small gland" (16c.), from Latin glandula (see gland).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

glandular in Medicine


  1. Of, relating to, affecting, or resembling a gland or its secretion.
  2. Functioning as a gland.
  3. Having glands.
  4. Resulting from the abnormal function of a gland or glands.
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