|1.||exocrine gland See also endocrine gland a cell or organ in man and other animals that synthesizes chemical substances and secretes them for the body to use or eliminate, either through a duct (exocrine gland) or directly into the bloodstream (endocrine gland)|
|2.||a structure, such as a lymph node, that resembles a gland in form|
|3.||a cell or organ in plants that synthesizes and secretes a particular substance|
|[C17: from Latin glāns acorn]|
A cell, a group of cells, or an organ that produces a secretion for use in or for elimination from the body.
Any of various organs, such as lymph nodes, that resemble true glands but perform a nonsecretory function.