noun, plural glan·des [glan-deez] /ˈglæn diz/. Anatomy.
  1. the head of the penis (glans penis) or of the clitoris (glans clitoris).

Origin of glans

1640–50; < Latin glāns literally, acorn, beechmast; akin to Greek bálanos Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for glans-clitoris


noun plural glandes (ˈɡlændiːz)
  1. anatomy any small rounded body or glandlike mass, such as the head of the penis (glans penis)

Word Origin for glans

C17: from Latin: acorn; see gland 1
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Word Origin and History for glans-clitoris



1640s, from Latin glans "acorn" (see gland).

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glans-clitoris in Medicine


n. pl. glan•des (glăndēz)
  1. A conical vascular body forming the distal end of the penis.
  2. A conical vascular body forming the distal end of the clitoris.
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