Definition of Bartholin's gland in English:

Bartholin's gland

Line breaks: Bar|tho¦lin's gland
Pronunciation: /ˈbɑːtəlɪnz
 
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noun

Anatomy
  • Either of a pair of glands lying near the entrance of the vagina, which secrete a fluid that lubricates the vulva.
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    • A Bartholin's gland may become enlarged from cystic dilatation, abscess, or adenocarcinoma.
    • Because the Bartholin's glands usually shrink during menopause, a vulvar growth in a postmenopausal woman should be evaluated for malignancy, especially if the mass is irregular, nodular, and persistently indurated.
    • Excision of the Bartholin's gland should be considered in patients who do not respond to conservative attempts to create a drainage tract, but the procedure should be performed when there is no active infection.

Origin

early 18th century: named by Caspar Bartholin (1655–1738), Danish anatomist, as a tribute to his father.

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