Definitions for salt gland
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
one of a pair of glands located near the eyes of seabirds and various marine mammals and reptiles that secretes excess salt imbibed or ingested.
Category: Anatomy, Zoology
Origin of salt gland:
a specialized gland, located near the eyes or nose of certain marine animals that secretes a liquid having a high salt content; it enables the animal to drink seawater without having to eliminate the excess salt through the kidneys
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A compound tubular gland, located around the eyes and nasal passages in marine animals and birds, the physiology of which figures in water-electrolyte balance. The Pekin duck serves as a common research animal in salt gland studies. A rectal gland or rectal salt gland in the dogfish shark is attached at the junction of the intestine and cloaca and aids the kidneys in removing excess salts from the blood. (Storer, Usinger, Stebbins & Nybakken: General Zoology, 6th ed, p658)