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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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glandulous (ˈɡlændjʊləs)


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

Word Origin for glandular

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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glandular in Medicine




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