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oil gland

Origin of oil gland
1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for oil gland
  • Each pore is an opening to a follicle, which contains a hair and an oil gland.
  • And hormonal changes increase oil gland secretion, which can give your skin a shinier appearance.
  • Most birds have an oil gland at the base of their tail.
  • Grebes are able to waterproof their feathers by preening them with secretions from the oil gland located at the base of the tail.
  • Other water birds have a natural waterproofing on their feathers and an oil gland at the base of the tail to oil their feathers.
oil gland in Medicine

oil gland n.
A gland, such as a sebaceous gland, that secretes an oily substance.

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