exocrine gland

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exocrine gland

A gland, such as a sebaceous gland or sweat gland, that releases its secretions to the body's cavities, organs, or surface through a duct.

exocrine gland

(Anatomy) any gland, such as a salivary or sweat gland, that secretes its products through a duct onto an epithelial surface

ex′ocrine gland`

any gland, as a sweat gland or salivary gland, that secretes externally through a duct.

ex·o·crine gland

(ĕk′sə-krĭn, ĕk′sə-krēn)
Any gland of the body that produces secretions and discharges them into a cavity or through a duct to the surface of the body. In mammals, the sweat glands and mammary glands are exocrine glands.
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Noun1.exocrine gland - a gland that secretes externally through a ductexocrine gland - a gland that secretes externally through a duct
gland, secreter, secretor, secretory organ - any of various organs that synthesize substances needed by the body and release it through ducts or directly into the bloodstream
oil gland - a gland that secretes oil
sudoriferous gland, sweat gland - any of the glands in the skin that secrete perspiration
lachrymal gland, lacrimal gland, tear gland - any of the glands in the eyes that secrete tears
pancreas - a large elongated exocrine gland located behind the stomach; secretes pancreatic juice and insulin
bulbourethral gland, Cowper's gland - either of two glands that discharge a component of seminal fluid into the urethra; homologous to Bartholin's gland in the female
cervical glands, cervical glands of the uterus, glandulae cervicales uteri - mucus-secreting glands in the mucosa of the uterine cervix
seminal vesicle - either of a pair of glands located on either side of the male urinary bladder that open into the vas deferens and that secrete many components of semen during ejaculation
digestive gland - any gland having ducts that pour secretions into the digestive tract
salivary gland - any of three pairs of glands in the mouth and digestive system that secrete saliva for digestion
mammary gland, mamma - milk-secreting organ of female mammals
nabothian gland - one of many small glands of the uterine cervix that secrete mucus
vestibular gland - a gland that opens into the vestibule of the vagina; secretions lubricate the vagina during coitus
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The term "venomous animals" is usually applied to a creature capable of producing a poison in a secretory gland and delivering toxin during biting or stinging act.
The prostate is a secretory gland surrounding the urethra at the base of the bladder producing the seminal fluid providing nutrients, ions and enzymes necessary for the survival of the spermatozoids during their journey through the female reproductive tract.
Plunc, a member of the secretory gland protein family, is up-regulated in nasal respiratory epithelium after olfactory bulbectomy.
The eyelids contain three types of secretory gland, which are important when considering lid disease.
2) However, involvement can occur in almost any site with a secretory gland component and has been reported in sites such as the lacrimal gland, breasts, uterine cervix, esophagus, lungs, and prostate.
Rao's group discovered that ET is active in two regions of the embryo, one a stretch of tissue that develops into a secretory gland and another that forms the retinas of the eyes.
The presence of both proliferative and secretory glands helps us in labeling it as irregular maturation of endometrium and may be due to abnormal hormonal activity.