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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

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

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

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

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

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
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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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