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Definition of Gland

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.

Gland Quotations

I love fat people. Every fat person says it's not their fault, that they have gland trouble. You know which gland? The saliva gland.
Jesse Ventura

I was diagnosed with Graves' disease, an illness of the thyroid gland. Instead of surgery, I was given radiation treatment.
Gail Devers

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

On some summer days in New York City, the air hangs thickly visible, like the combined exhalations of eight million souls. Steam rising from vents underground makes you wonder if there isn't one giant sweat gland lodged beneath the city.
Diane Ackerman

There's really no such thing as the agony of dying. I'm quite sure that pain is shut off at the moment of death. You see, something happens when the body knows it's about to go. Peptide hormones are released by cells in the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. Endorphins. They attach themselves to the cells responsible for feeling pain.
Lewis Thomas
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Gland Translations

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