1 [gland]
a cell, group of cells, or organ producing a secretion.
any of various organs or structures resembling the shape but not the function of true glands.
Botany. a secreting organ or structure.

1685–95; < Latin gland- (stem of glāns acorn); compare Italian ghianda

glandless, adjective
glandlike, adjective Unabridged
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gland1 (ɡlænd)
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
Related: adenoid
[C17: from Latin glāns acorn]

gland2 (ɡlænd)
a device that prevents leakage of fluid along a rotating shaft or reciprocating rod passing through a boundary between areas of high and low pressure. It often consists of a flanged metal sleeve bedding into a stuffing box
[C19: of unknown origin]

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1692, from L. glandula "gland of the throat, tonsil," dim. of glans (gen. glandis) "acorn," from PIE base *gwel- "acorn, oak" (cf. Gk. balanos, Armenian kalin, O.C.S. zelodi "acorn;" Lith. gile "oak").
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gland (glānd)

  1. A cell, a group of cells, or an organ that produces a secretion for use in or for elimination from the body.

  2. Any of various organs, such as lymph nodes, that resemble true glands but perform a nonsecretory function.

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gland  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (glānd)  Pronunciation Key 
An organ or group of specialized cells in the body that produces and secretes a specific substance, such as a hormone. See also endocrine gland, exocrine gland.

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