[ glan-juh-ler ]

  1. consisting of, containing, or bearing glands.

  2. of, relating to, or resembling a gland: a glandular disorder.

  1. visceral; instinctive.

Origin of glandular

1730–40; English (obsolete) glandule gland (<Latin glandula; see gland1, -ule) + -ar1

Other words from glandular

  • glan·du·lar·ly, adverb
  • in·ter·glan·du·lar, adjective
  • non·glan·du·lar, adjective
  • un·glan·du·lar, adjective

Words Nearby glandular Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use glandular in a sentence

  • There is a glandular opening on the back, just above the rump, that has been improperly called a navel.

    The Desert Home | Mayne Reid

British Dictionary definitions for glandular


glandulous (ˈɡlændjʊləs)

/ (ˈɡlændjʊlə) /

  1. of, relating to, containing, functioning as, or affecting a gland: glandular tissue

Origin of glandular

C18: from Latin glandula, literally: a little acorn; see glanders

Derived forms of glandular

  • glandularly or glandulously, adverb

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