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1An organ in the human or animal body which secretes particular chemical substances for use in the body or for discharge into the surroundings.
- ‘In the unstimulated state, 70 percent of saliva is secreted by the submandibular and sublingual glands.’
- ‘It was first isolated from the endocrine gland in the body which has primary responsibility for holding calcium levels in your blood within a very tight range.’
- ‘The glands secrete parathyroid hormone, which is the primary regulator of calcium homeostasis.’
- ‘The other type of sweat-producing gland, the apocrine glands, develop at puberty and are concentrated in the armpits and pubic region.’
- ‘One, a 20 year old female, had deposits in the brain, liver, lung, bone marrow, adrenal glands, and ovaries.’
- ‘These include the genital glands (ovary and testis), broad ligament of the uterus, and spermatic cord.’
- ‘Hypoplasia of other organs, such as the adrenal glands, kidney, pituitary gland, and thymus, may also be attributed to tetraploidy.’
- ‘Cells were not counted if they were in blood vessels, mucous glands, or mucous gland ducts.’
- ‘It releases stimulating hormones that signal the thyroid gland, adrenal glands, ovaries and testes, directing them to produce their respective hormones.’
- ‘There are 4-5 million exocrine glands in the body and approximately one-third of them are in the palms.’
- ‘The parotid salivary glands, which produce saliva for the mouth, are found toward the back of each cheek, in the area between the ear and jaw.’
- ‘Within the neck, there are neck muscles, arteries, veins, lymph glands, thyroid gland, parathyroid gland, oesophagus, larynx and trachea.’
- ‘You have three pairs of salivary glands that secrete saliva.’
- ‘Other common head and neck cancers occur in soft tissues of the neck, which are primarily glandular such as thyroid gland and salivary gland.’
- ‘Other sites include minor salivary glands and submandibular gland.’
- ‘A CT scan, however, reveals these bones and organs as well as your pancreas, adrenal glands, ureters and blood vessels - all with a higher degree of precision.’
- ‘In spite of the similarity in name and location, the parathyroid glands and thyroid gland are separate glands with very different functions.’
- ‘We know that the way our cells divide and our glands secrete will become faulty and irregular.’
- ‘The mammary glands are specialized cutaneous glands that develop rapidly but incompletely at puberty.’
- ‘However, involvement of the heart, pancreas, spleen, adrenal glands, and other organs is well described.’
- 1.1 A structure resembling a gland, especially a lymph node.‘symptoms include swollen glands’
- ‘Other symptoms might include swollen glands, fever, recurring sore throat, memory impairment and/or sleep problems.’
- ‘There is no treatment other than remedies to ease the symptoms, which include headache and fever followed by swollen glands.’
- ‘This virus causes swollen glands in the face and neck, and can also cause deafness, and swelling of testicles in boys, and ovaries in girls.’
- ‘Mumps is caused by a virus and symptoms include swollen glands, pain when chewing and fever.’
- ‘In meth users - partly because of the dehydration common because they do not drink enough fluids - salivary glands quit and swell shut.’
- ‘It is, off course, especially indicated for goitre and swollen glands of the neck.’
- ‘Forty five euros to have a doctor feel my throat, and tell me that my glands are swollen, then another twenty five euros to pay for the medication.’
- ‘‘My father had experienced flu-like symptoms and swollen glands for a while before diagnosis,’ Rob recalled.’
- ‘Often the sore throat feels sharp or splinterlike, and the glands are swollen.’
- ‘Other symptoms could include swollen glands, red eyes, sore throat, diarrhea, and a rash that looks like blisters or bruises.’
- ‘She had swollen glands, trouble thinking clearly, and dragged through her day.’
- ‘Her gland started swelling and it closed the vein to the brain.’
- ‘The cold sore would never heal and then it infected my gland and it became swollen.’
- ‘I'd taken my top off and when he was giving me a full physical he said I had swollen glands.’
- ‘He had swollen glands and a stomach bug on raceday.’
- ‘This is to increase blood flow causing the gland to swell.’
- 1.2Botany A secreting cell or group of cells on or within a plant structure.
- ‘The glands of the cyathium usually produce nectar, and pollination is mainly zoophilous.’
- ‘The report states that nectar glands occur only within the genus Eriocaulon.’
- ‘Similar to the control group, the large bronchi were lined with simple cuboidal cells and contained discrete glands within the underlying wall.’
- ‘Some (but by no means all) halophytes utilize salt-secreting glands to remove excess ions from their leaves, reducing the need for very tight balancing of ion accumulation and growth.’
- ‘The latter often produce copious secretions to the plant surface, outside the cuticle, or stored within glands.’
- ‘The family is characterized by various kinds of sclereids, hypophyllous glands and specific nectary bracts.’
Late 17th century: from French glande, alteration of Old French glandre, from Latin glandulae ‘throat glands’.
A sleeve used to produce a seal round a piston rod or other shaft.
- ‘The major disadvantage is that the packing gland is beneath the engine and transmission, making service and alignment more difficult.’
- ‘Engine access, for such routine maintenance as changing the oil filter or adjusting the packing gland on the shaft, is poor.’
Early 19th century: probably a variant of Scots glam ‘a vice or clamp’; related to clamp.
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