Definitions for glandglænd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. any organ or group of cells specialized for producing secretions, as insulin or sweat.

    Category: Anatomy

    Ref: Compare endocrine gland, exocrine gland.

Origin of gland:

1685–95; < L gland-, s. of glāns acorn



  1. a sleeve within a stuffing box, fitted over a shaft or valve stem and tightened against compressible packing in such a way as to prevent leakage of fluid while allowing the shaft or stem to move.

    Category: Machinery

  2. Category: Machinery

    Ref: stuffing box.

Origin of gland:

1830–40; orig. uncert.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. gland, secretory organ, secretor, secreter(noun)

    any of various organs that synthesize substances needed by the body and release it through ducts or directly into the bloodstream

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gland(noun)

    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. Gland(noun)

    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. Gland(noun)

    a special organ of plants, usually minute and globular, which often secretes some kind of resinous, gummy, or aromatic product

  4. Gland(noun)

    any very small prominence

  5. Gland(noun)

    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. Gland(noun)

    the crosspiece of a bayonet clutch


  1. Gland

    A gland is an organ in an animal's body that synthesizes a substance for release of substances such as hormones or breast milk, often into the bloodstream or into cavities inside the body or its outer surface.

Translations for gland

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a part of the body that takes substances from the blood and stores them for use or in order that the body may get rid of them

a sweat gland; He has swollen glands in his neck.

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