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.
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exocrine gland

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

any gland, as a sweat gland or salivary gland, that secretes externally through a duct.
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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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melitensis is infrequent, there are brucellosis cases that support exocrine gland involvement, such as mastitis and pancreatitis (11, 12).
This chronic autoimmune inflammatory disorder yields multiple clinical expressions, including exocrine gland involvement and extraglandular disease features.
(b) Pancreas tissue consists of exocrine gland with eosinophilic granular cytoplasm and endocrine cells (Islets of Langerhans) (H&E-10x).
Even though whole body solvent-soaking also can extract cuticular hydrocarbons, internal body lipids, bioamines, and other exocrine gland secretions that may contaminate the alkaloid extract, they do not interfere with alkaloid analyses.
Neoplastic myoepithelial cell tumors can be found in nearly all exocrine gland tissues such as skin, soft tissue, sweat glands, breast, lacrimal glands, Bartholin's glands, nasal septum, nasopharynx, larynx, trachea, lung, esophagus, retroperitoneum, and prostate gland.
Exocrine gland involvement in trailing behaviour in the Argentine ant (Formicidae: Dolichoderinae).
(1,3,4) The recurring nature of this disease, combined with the diversity of possible sites of involvement, can mean multiple resections and potential loss of exocrine gland function.
[alpha]-Amylase activity examination in duodenum fluids of exocrine pancreas: The [alpha]-amylase activity of duodenal fluid secreted from the exocrine gland of the pancreas was measured using an EnzyChrom[TM] [alpha]-amylase Assay Kit (ECAM-100, BioAssay Systems, USA).
Secretory IgA is the major immunoglobulin of exocrine gland secretions and determination of complete or near complete IgA deficiency can readily be made with a whole saliva sample, aspirated from floor of the mouth in young children or expectorated in older children.
The shape of this structure is more consistent with an exocrine gland opening derived from the epidermis (see Noirot & Quennedy 1974, 1991); only histological studies using electron microscopy can fully elucidate its nature.
The prostate is a compound exocrine gland of the male mammalian reproductive system.
The volume is also calcium-centric, exploring calcium-dependent aspects of programmed cell death, cardiac contractility, and exocrine gland secretion.