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[glan-juh-ler] /ˈglæn dʒə lər/
consisting of, containing, or bearing glands.
of, relating to, or resembling a gland:
a glandular disorder.
visceral; instinctive.
Origin of glandular
1730-40; glandule + -ar1
Related forms
glandularly, adverb
interglandular, adjective
nonglandular, adjective
unglandular, adjective Unabridged
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  • However, these glandular hydraulics present a certain risk.
  • In the unaltered or boundary layer, however, the glandular epithelium retains a columnar or cubical form.
  • The pancreas is a multifactorial glandular body organ that plays a part in much more than insulin production.
  • In some organisms the photophores are simple glandular cups.
British Dictionary definitions for glandular


of, relating to, containing, functioning as, or affecting a gland: glandular tissue
Derived Forms
glandularly, glandulously, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from Latin glandula, literally: a little acorn; see glanders
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Word Origin and History for glandular

1740, from French glandulaire, from glandule "small gland" (16c.), from Latin glandula (see gland).

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glandular in Medicine

glandular glan·du·lar (glān'jə-lər)

  1. Of, relating to, affecting, or resembling a gland or its secretion.

  2. Functioning as a gland.

  3. Having glands.

  4. Resulting from the abnormal function of a gland or glands.

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