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digestive gland

any gland having ducts that pour secretions into the digestive tract, as the salivary glands, liver, and pancreas.
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1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The immature parasites drill through the wall of a snail's gut and settle in the digestive gland.
  • Pathogenic bacteria will be isolated from bivalve digestive gland using selective media and enrichment broths.
  • These did not show increased digestive gland metaplasia but did have a nearly doubled incidence of micronuclei.
digestive gland in Medicine

digestive gland n.
A gland, such as the liver or pancreas, that secretes into the alimentary canal substances necessary for digestion.

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