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Definition of Gland


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. A special organ of plants, usually minute and globular, which often secretes some kind of resinous, gummy, or aromatic product.
  4. Any very small prominence.
  5. The movable part of a stuffing box by which the packing is compressed; -- sometimes called a follower. See Illust. of Stuffing box, under Stuffing.
  6. The crosspiece of a bayonet clutch.
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Gland Translations

gland in French is glande
gland in Hungarian is mirigy, torokmandula
gland in Norwegian is kjertel