• Structure of a Salivary Gland
    Structure of a Salivary Gland
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gland any of various organs that synthesize substances needed by the body and release it through ducts or directly into the bloodstream
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average, a person has two million sweat glands
    • Gland (Bot) A special organ of plants, usually minute and globular, which often secretes some kind of resinous, gummy, or aromatic product.
    • Gland (Anat) 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.
    • Gland (Anat) 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.
    • Gland (Bot) Any very small prominence.
    • Gland (Mach) The crosspiece of a bayonet clutch.
    • Gland (Steam Mach) The movable part of a stuffing box by which the packing is compressed; -- sometimes called a follower. See Illust. of Stuffing box, under Stuffing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Birds do not sweat, as they do not have sweat glands
    • n gland In anatomy: A lymphatic ganglion; one of the numerous small, smooth, rounded organs which occur in the course of the lymphatics: formerly more fully called conglobate gland. See cut under lymphatic.
    • n gland Some secretory part or organ; a secreting crypt, follicle, or the like, generally of mucous or tegumentary surfaces, or a conglomeration of such parts composing some organ which secretes or excretes a substance peculiar to itself, as the liver, kidney, pancreas, parotid gland, testicle, etc., or the lacrymal, sebaceous, salivary, gastric, intestinal, and other glands. Glands, thus specifically defined, are either simple, consisting of a single secretory follicle or recess, or compound, consisting of an aggregate of such structures; the latter are also called tubular, saccular, racemose, etc., according to their intimate structure. The so-called ductless or vascular glands (see ) are not in this category, it being the essential character of a gland in this sense that it have an outlet for its special secretion. Glands of both these kinds were formerly classed as conglomerate glands, in distinction from conglobate or lymphatic glands.
    • n gland Some smooth rounded part or organ of undetermined function, as the spleen and the thyroid and thymus. See ductless gland, below
    • n gland The glans penis or glans clitoridis, the head of the penis or of the clitoris.
    • n gland In botany: An acorn; also, the similar involucrate nut of the hazel, beech, and chestnut, A secreting organ upon the surface of any part of a plant, or partially embedded in it. The term is extended to include also any protuberance or structure of a similar nature, though it may not secrete. Glands vary much in form and appearance, and in the character of their secretions.
    • n gland In machinery, a contrivance, consisting of a cross-piece or clutch, for engaging or disengaging machinery moved by belts or bands.
    • n gland In steam-engines and other machines:
    • n gland A stuffing-box.
    • n gland A joint so tightly packed as to retain oil or other lubricating fluid for a considerable length of time. Also called gland-box.
    • n gland In human anatomy, a small conglomerate body about as large as a pea, lying near the tip of the coccyx, the exact structure and function of which is uncertain. It is intimately connected with the arteries and nerves, and is probably not of glandular character. It is also called Luschka's gland, after ita first describer, and by Arnold glomerulus arteriococcygeus.
    • n gland In botany, the stomates or breathing-pores of a leaf.
    • n gland The sliding member of an engine stuffing-box, by which the packing is compressed against the rod by endwise pressure from the bolts or nut.
    • n gland In founding: A clamp; a hooked bar used for clamping together the parts of a molder's flask.
    • n gland A plate through which the ends of a binding-band or clevis pass; a clip.
    • n gland In entomology, paired or single glands situated near the rectum and usually connected with it. The secretion of these glands is frequently fetid in odor, and they then function as repugnatorial organs.
    • n gland In Uncinaria, a pair of pear-shaped bodies of unknown function, which lie one on each side of the pharynx and probably open externally near the mouth.
    • n gland Eversible repugnatorial glands situated in the coxa of certain of the lower insects, as the Symphyla and Synaptera. See defensive glands.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Reptiles do not perspire, and do not have any oil glands
    • n Gland gland a secreting structure, which in various ways alters the material brought to it by the blood, extracting and excreting waste products as in the kidneys, or manufacturing valuable by-products, such as the glycogen and bile of the liver:
    • n Gland gland (bot.) a small cellular spot which secretes oil or aroma
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  • Aldous Huxley
    “What we feel and think and are is to a great extent determined by the state of our ductless glands and viscera.”
  • Christopher Morley
    “New York, the nation's thyroid gland.”
  • Robert Alan
    Robert Alan
    “The rain may be falling hard outside, But your smile makes it all alright. I'm so gland that you're my friend. I know our friendship will never end.”
  • Zig Ziglar
    “Success is dependent upon the glands -- sweat glands.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    “War will never cease until babies begin to come into the world with larger cerebrums and smaller adrenal glands.”
  • Charles Horace Mayo
    Charles Horace Mayo
    “Worry affects the circulation, the heart, the glands, the whole nervous system. I have never known a man who died from over work, but many who died from doubt.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. glande, L. glans, glandis, acorn; akin to Gr. for , and to cast, throw, the acorn being the dropped fruit. Cf. Parable (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
F. glande—L. glans, glandis, an acorn.


In literature:

My little boy had a gland in his thigh as big as an egg which is gradually disappearing.
"Self Mastery Through Conscious Autosuggestion" by Emile Coué
Like the skunk, this animal can eject the foetid secretion of the anal glands.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
Whence a torpor of the action of the mucous glands is first introduced, as in I.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
The ordinary steam gland is in reality a pressure gland.
"Steam Turbines" by Hubert E. Collins
Inspect the neighbouring lymphatic glands and endeavour to trace the path of the virus.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
The salivary glands seem to have a close relation to hydrophobia.
"Buchanan's Journal of Man, November 1887" by Various
Only when the gland is diseased are bacteria found in any abundance.
"Outlines of Dairy Bacteriology, 8th edition" by H. L. Russell
Like the perfect insect, the larva is devoid of salivary glands or any other similar apparatus.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
This is a little patty of mud mixed with a squeeze of the castor or body-scent glands.
"Wild Animals at Home" by Ernest Thompson Seton
I could plainly see its terrible fangs and poison glands.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

Keen goes the bidding; fierce the fight,
There are cries on every hand....
But I mean to take to the woods tonight;
And they'll never get my gland!
"Lay Of Last Monkey" by C J Dennis
And why at our feast of the clasping of hands
Need we turn on the stream of our lachrymal glands?
Though we see the white breakers of age on our bow,
Let us take a good pull in the jolly-boat now!
"The Smiling Listener" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
How now my flesh, my naked fellow,
Dug of the sea, the glanded morrow,
Worm in the scalp, the staked and fallow.
All all and all, the corpse's lover,
Skinny as sin, the foaming marrow,
All of the flesh, the dry worlds lever.
"All All And All" by Dylan Thomas

In news:

Immune system attacks thyroid gland .
Warthin-like tumor of the thyroid gland : An uncommon variant of papillary thyroid cancer.
A slide show depicting the removal of the thyroid gland.
Iron glands with drilled oil passages.
The toads release a lethal toxin from glands on their heads when they are attacked.
Even then, when television commercials spouted all sorts of harsh chemicals for controlling overactive oil glands on a teenager's face, I preferred the more natural approach.
Baby Suffering From What Was Thought to be Swollen Gland Actually a 2-Inch Feather.
Levothyroxine used to treat a sluggish thyroid gland can be affected by calcium, iron and magnesium.
Baby Suffering From What Was Thought to be Swollen Gland Actually a 2-Inch Feather.
I had surgery in the last half of May It was for a tumor on the pituitary gland.
An operation commonly performed to remove brain tumors from the pituitary glands of humans is now available to dogs, thanks to a collaboration between a neurosurgeon and some veterinarians in Los Angeles.
Michael Etuckmelra, 14, gets his four hour checkup from Heather Benson, RN, as he recovers in Doernbecher Hospital following surgeries to remove a tumor on his pituitary gland.
Human growth hormone is released by the pituitary gland and stimulates growth and cell reproduction, reports Mintel.
Is this due to my prostate gland.
In men over age 50, the prostate gland often becomes enlarged .

In science:

Prostate brachytherapy involves implanting radioactive seeds (I125 for instance) permanently in the gland for the treatment of localized prostate cancers e.g. cT1c-T2a N0 M0 with good prognostic factors.
MRI/TRUS data fusion for prostate brachytherapy. Preliminary results
Treatment planning and seed implanting are most often based on the intensive use of transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) imaging. This is not easy because prostate visualization is difficult in this imaging modality particularly as regards the apex of the gland and from an intra- and inter-observer variability standpoint.
MRI/TRUS data fusion for prostate brachytherapy. Preliminary results
Briefly, under microscopic magnification, the anterior neck was opened with a midline vertical incision, and the underlying submandibular gland dissected.
Post-ischaemic treatment with the cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor nimesulide reduces blood-brain barrier disruption and leukocyte infiltration following transient focal cerebral ischaemia in rats
Le Gland, F., Mevel, L., Exponential forgetting and geometric ergodicity in Hidden Markov Models, Math.
On exponential stability of Wonham filter