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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

  7. Origin: [F. glande, L. glans, glandis, acorn; akin to Gr. for , and to cast, throw, the acorn being the dropped fruit. Cf. Parable, n.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gland

    gland, n. a secreting structure, which in various ways alters the material brought to it by the blood, extracting and excreting waste products as in the kidneys, or manufacturing valuable by-products, such as the glycogen and bile of the liver: (bot.) a small cellular spot which secretes oil or aroma.—adjs. Glandif′erous, bearing acorns or nuts; Gland′iform, resembling a gland: nut-shaped; Gland′ūlar, Gland′ūlous, containing, consisting of, or pertaining to glands.—n. Gland′ūle, a small gland.—adj. Glandūlif′erous. [F. glande—L. glans, glandis, an acorn.]

Editors Contribution

  1. gland

    A type of organ within the body of an animal or human being.

    Human beings have various types of glands within the body that serve various purposes.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 31, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gland in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gland in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of gland in a Sentence

  1. Douglas Adams, Ford Prefect in "Life, the Universe, and Everything":

    My doctor says that I have a malformed public-duty gland and a natural deficiency in moral fibre, and that I am therefor excused from saving Universes.

  2. Douglas Noel Adams:

    My doctor says that I have a malformed public-duty gland and a natural deficiency in moral fibre, and that I am therefore excused from saving Universes.

  3. Riccardo Ricciardi Jr.:

    The prostate is a gland that surrounds the urethra, and as men get older, the gland gets enlarged, and it squeezes on that tube so it restricts the flow of urine out of the bladder.

  4. Holly Phillips:

    This checklist of 10 reasons your internal thermostat is out of whack can help you get a handle on why you're chronically freezing your butt off. You're too thin Low body weight — defined as a BMI hovering around 18.5 or under — can chill you out for a couple of reasons. First, when you're underweight, you lack an adequate level of body fat to insulate you from cold temperatures, explained Maggie Moon, RD, a Los Angeles – based nutritionist. The other thing is, to maintain that low BMI, you have to reduce your food intake so you likely aren't eating very much at all. Skimping on calories puts the brakes on your metabolism, so you don't create enough body heat. Consider putting on a few pounds by loading up on whole, healthy foods that contain lots of protein, fat, and complex carbohydrates. RELATED : Subtle Signs of Eating Disorders Your Thyroid is out of whack Add cold intolerance to the long list of health issues you can blame on the butterfly-shaped gland in your neck. Always being cold is a telltale sign of hypothyroidism, which means Your Thyroid doesn't secrete enough thyroid hormone.

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