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oil gland

1825-35 Unabridged
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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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Encyclopedia Article for oil gland

any of a variety of skin structures that secrete oily or greasy substances of various functions. In birds, the preen gland, or uropygial gland, located on the back at the base of the tail, supplies oil that is spread upon the feathers during preening. In mammals, sebaceous glands provide a grease that serves as a protectant and lubricant for hair and skin. Scent glands of certain mammals secrete an often oily material of distinctive odour that serves to mark territorial boundaries

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