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oil gland

n.
1. A gland, such as a sebaceous gland, that secretes an oily substance.
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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]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.oil gland - a gland that secretes oiloil gland - a gland that secretes oil    
preen gland, uropygial gland - oil-secreting gland situated at the base of the tail in most birds
glandulae sebaceae, sebaceous follicle, sebaceous gland - a cutaneous gland that secretes sebum (usually into a hair follicle) for lubricating hair and skin
duct gland, exocrine, exocrine gland - a gland that secretes externally through a duct
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