Meaning of GLAND in English


gland 1

— glandless , adj. — glandlike , adj.

/gland/ , n.

1. Anat.

a. a cell, group of cells, or organ producing a secretion.

b. any of various organs or structures resembling the shape but not the function of true glands.

2. Bot. a secreting organ or structure.

[ 1685-95; gland - (s. of glans acorn); cf. It ghianda ]

gland 2

/gland/ , n. Mach.

1. a sleeve within a stuffing box, fitted over a shaft or valve stem and tightened against compressible packing in such a way as to prevent leakage of fluid while allowing the shaft or stem to move; lantern ring.

2. See stuffing box .

[ 1830-40; orig. uncert. ]

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