uropygial gland


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u·ro·py·gi·al gland

 (yo͝or′ə-pī′jē-əl, -pĭj′ē-)
n.
A large gland at the base of a bird's tail that secretes an oil used in preening. Also called oil gland.

uropygial gland

n
(Zoology) a gland, situated at the base of the tail in most birds, that secretes oil used in preening

u•ro•pyg′i•al gland`

(ˌyʊər əˈpɪdʒ i əl)
n.
a gland at the base of the tail in most birds that secretes an oily fluid used in preening.
[1865]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.uropygial gland - oil-secreting gland situated at the base of the tail in most birdsuropygial gland - oil-secreting gland situated at the base of the tail in most birds
bird - warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
oil gland - a gland that secretes oil
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The uropygial gland is an oil-secreting gland situated at the base of the tail of what type of creature?
Research on avian chemical communication has mainly focused on uropygial gland secretions and feather lipids.
he study by the Juan Amat, from the Estacion Biologica de Donana Spain, and colleagues, it is the first study to demonstrate that birds transfer the color pigments (carotenoids) from the secretions of their uropygial gland for cosmetic reasons.
There has been research into the uropygial gland since the middle of the thirteenth century and ever since then, researchers have gathered information on its anatomy, histology, secretion chemistry, function, etc.
Skin glands are almost entirely lacking in birds, but there is an oil gland known as the uropygial gland, which is located at the base of the tail.
Rohrbaugh notes that birds have a gland at the base of their tails called the uropygial gland.
Few true cutaneous glands are found in birds, principally the uropygial gland, glands around the vent, and secretory glands of the external auditory meatus.
A case series of uropygial gland squamous cell carcinoma in 5 penguins at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Central Park Zoo is described.
2,3) Culture of the uropygial gland of healthy psittacine birds identified species of Staphylococcus, but failed to identify what other species of bacteria can be present.
This study was performed to determine the histologic structure of the uropygial gland in an osprey.