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prostate gland

noun Anatomy.
an organ that surrounds the urethra of males at the base of the bladder, comprising a muscular portion, which controls the release of urine, and a glandular portion, which secretes an alkaline fluid that makes up part of the semen and enhances the motility and fertility of sperm.

Origin:
1830–40

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prostate gland n.
A chestnut-shaped body that surrounds the beginning of the male urethra at the base of the bladder, consists of two lobes connected anteriorly by an isthmus and posteriorly by a middle lobe lying above and between the ejaculatory ducts, controls the release of urine from the bladder, and whose milky fluid secretion is discharged into the urethra during semen emission.

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prostate gland   (prŏs'tāt')  Pronunciation Key 
A gland in male mammals located at the base of the bladder. The prostate gland opens into the urethra and secretes a milky fluid that is a major component of semen.

prostatic adjective (prŏ-stāt'ĭk)
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prostate gland [(pros-tayt)]

A gland in the male reproductive system that surrounds the urethra at the lower end of the urinary bladder. A large part of the fluids that make up semen comes from the prostate.

Note: Prostate cancer is a leading cause of death among American men.
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