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Bartholin's gland Syllabification: Bar·tho·lin's gland
Pronunciation: /ˈbärTHəlinz ˌɡland/
/ˈbärdəlinz ˌɡland/

Definition of Bartholin's gland in English:


One of a pair of glands lying near the entrance of the vagina, which secrete a fluid that lubricates the vulva.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

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