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Definitions of gland

  1. any of various organs that synthesize substances needed by the body and release it through ducts or directly into the bloodstream
  2. An organ for secreting something to be used in, or eliminated from, the body; as, the sebaceous glands of the skin; the salivary glands of the mouth.
  3. An organ or part which resembles a secreting, or true, gland, as the ductless, lymphatic, pineal, and pituitary glands, the functions of which are very imperfectly known.
  4. A special organ of plants, usually minute and globular, which often secretes some kind of resinous, gummy, or aromatic product.
  5. Any very small prominence.
  6. The crosspiece of a bayonet clutch.
  7. The movable part of a stuffing box by which the packing is compressed; - sometimes called a follower. See Illust. of Stuffing box, under Stuffing.
  8. A bodily organ by which secretion is carried on.
  9. A secreting organ. The secretion may be poured out upon the surface or into a cavity, or it may be at once taken into the blood without appearing externally; it may be of service to the economy, in digestion, as a lubricant, etc., or it may be purely excrementitious, removing waste and poisonous material from the body. For the glands not defined here, see under glandula.
  10. Glandular.
  11. An organ secreting or excreting a substance.
  12. A fleshy organ of the body which secretes some substance from the blood: ( bot.) a small cellular spot which secretes oil or aroma.
  13. Secreting organ in animals or plants.
  14. A secreting organ in plants or animals.
  15. A soft fleshy organ of the body, mostly secretory or connected with secretion; a secretory organ, also a swelling, in plants.
  16. One of the soft fleshy organs of the body, which either secrete or absorb certain fluids from the blood; a similar combination of ducts or vessels in plants.
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Quotes of gland

  1. If you were to open up a baby's head- and I am not for a moment suggesting that you should- you would find nothing but an enormous drool gland – Dave Barry
  2. 'Early stages' is when the cancer is completely contained within the prostate. If it is detected when the cancer is entirely in the gland the chance for full recovery is at its highest. – Len Dawson
  3. New York, the nation's thyroid gland – Christopher Morley
  4. A novel is like a gland pill- it nips off the cream of my hysterics and gets them running on track in a book where they belong instead of rioting all over my person. – Dawn Powell

Usage examples for gland

  1. 93. A very large tubercular gland – Common Diseases of Farm Animals by R. A. Craig, D. V. M.
  2. All women like Mandi have a small special gland that produces the stuff. – An Encounter in Atlanta by Ed Howdershelt
  3. We got to our feet much impressed; and now absolutely convinced that there did exist, somewhere, descendants of prehistoric men in whom the third eye- placed in the back of the head for purposes of defensive observation- had not become obsolete and reduced to the traces which we know only as the pituitary body or pituitary gland – Police!!! by Robert W. Chambers
  4. And all because a gland has begun to undersecrete or to oversecrete. – The Glands Regulating Personality by Louis Berman, M.D.
  5. The only way to afford relief is to expose the gland and withdraw it from behind the sternum by making traction on its capsule. – Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition. by Alexander Miles Alexis Thomson
  6. If you increase the amount of sugar in the diet, the gland becomes just that much more active to get rid of it and the hypoglycemia gets worse. – New Apples in the Garden by Kris Ottman Neville
  7. Ever since, too, the growth of the skeleton has been accepted as controlled by that gland – The Glands Regulating Personality by Louis Berman, M.D.
  8. The latter develop in manifold variety into skin and nerve, muscle and blood, gut and gland they differentiate, and may lose almost all protoplasmic likeness to the mother ovum. – Herbert Spencer by J. Arthur Thomson
  9. The reader has perhaps remarked above that he speaks of the soul as having her chief seat in the pineal gland – An Introduction to Philosophy by George Stuart Fullerton
  10. As a matter of fact, the function of the parotid gland was not well understood at this time. – Catholic Churchmen in Science by James J. Walsh
  11. In the skin, these little gland pockets are of two kinds, the sweat glands and the hair glands. – A Handbook of Health by Woods Hutchinson
  12. Because, as Biology shows, not only does each of the two parents contribute to offspring, but there being both a right and a left reproductive gland in members of both sexes, the contribution either parent supplies must have been derived from one or other of these glands in them. – Feminism and Sex-Extinction by Arabella Kenealy
  13. Cypridina luciferin is found in the luminous gland of the animal and possibly in parts non- luminous as well as in the luminous organ. – The Nature of Animal Light by E. Newton Harvey
  14. Other cases of mental deficiency may be due to an alteration in the pituitary gland – Mentally Defective Children by Alfred Binet Théodore Simon
  15. The affected gland rapidly becomes swollen, painful and tender to the touch, and the swelling increases markedly while the patient is eating. – Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition. by Alexander Miles Alexis Thomson
  16. As soon as the little boats load up at the Lung Station, off they sail on this wonderful stream, carrying their freight to the Muscle Country, the Skin Country or the Gland Country. – Keep-Well Stories for Little Folks by May Farinholt-Jones
  17. In order to carry out stirring operations in the presence of a gas or mixture of gases other than air, some form of gland or seal may be necessary where the stirrer passes through the bearing in which it runs. – A Handbook of Laboratory Glass-Blowing by Bernard D. Bolas
  18. In every tiny leaf and gland and hair Sweet perfume is distilled, and scents the air. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  19. On the eighteenth day of my treatment the patient left the house for the first time, and continued improving from day to day, the packs being continued for about two weeks longer on account of the broken gland which continued to discharge. – Hydriatic treatment of Scarlet Fever in its Different Forms by Charles Munde