|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]|
Organs or groups of cells that take substances from the blood and change them chemically so that they can be secreted later for further use by the body. There are two kinds of glands: those that secrete their substances directly into the bloodstream (endocrine glands), and those that secrete their substances through channels or ducts (such as sweat glands and salivary glands).