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3 definitions found
 for Gland
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gland \Gland\, n. [F. glande, L. glans, glandis, acorn; akin to
     Gr. ? for ?, and ? to cast, throw, the acorn being the
     dropped fruit. Cf. Parable, n.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. (Anat.)
        (a) 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.
        (b) 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.
            [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: The true secreting glands are, in principle, narrow
           pouches of the mucous membranes, or of the integument,
           lined with a continuation of the epithelium, or of the
           epidermis, the cells of which produce the secretion
           from the blood. In the larger glands, the pouches are
           tubular, greatly elongated, and coiled, as in the sweat
           glands, or subdivided and branched, making compound and
           racemose glands, such as the pancreas.
           [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Bot.)
        (a) A special organ of plants, usually minute and
            globular, which often secretes some kind of resinous,
            gummy, or aromatic product.
        (b) Any very small prominence.
            [1913 Webster]
  
     3. (Steam Mach.) The movable part of a stuffing box by which
        the packing is compressed; -- sometimes called a
        follower. See Illust. of Stuffing box, under
        Stuffing.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     4. (Mach.) The crosspiece of a bayonet clutch.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  gland
      n 1: any of various organs that synthesize substances needed by
           the body and release it through ducts or directly into the
           bloodstream [syn: gland, secretory organ, secretor,
           secreter]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  38 Moby Thesaurus words for "gland":
     acromegaly, adrenal, breast, choriocarcinoma, cretinism, diabetes,
     diabetes insipidus, diabetes mellitus, dwarfism, gasket, giantism,
     hyperglycemia, hyperparathyroidism, hypo-ovarianism,
     hypothyroidism, liver, mamma, mammary gland, ovary, packing,
     padding, pancreas, panhypopituitarism, pheochromocytoma,
     pineal body, prostate, prostate gland, sexual precocity, spermary,
     stopping, stuffing, tampon, testicle, thyroid, thyroid gland,
     thyrotoxicosis, toxic goiter, wadding
  
  

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