There are 2 definitions of gland in English:

gland1

Syllabification: gland
Pronunciation: /ɡland
 
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noun

1An organ in the human or animal body that secretes particular chemical substances for use in the body or for discharge into the surroundings.
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  • It releases stimulating hormones that signal the thyroid gland, adrenal glands, ovaries and testes, directing them to produce their respective hormones.
  • A CT scan, however, reveals these bones and organs as well as your pancreas, adrenal glands, ureters and blood vessels - all with a higher degree of precision.
  • Hypoplasia of other organs, such as the adrenal glands, kidney, pituitary gland, and thymus, may also be attributed to tetraploidy.
1.1A structure resembling this, especially a lymph node.
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  • Mumps is caused by a virus and symptoms include swollen glands, pain when chewing and fever.
  • Other symptoms might include swollen glands, fever, recurring sore throat, memory impairment and/or sleep problems.
  • ‘My father had experienced flu-like symptoms and swollen glands for a while before diagnosis,’ Rob recalled.
1.2 Botany A secreting cell or group of cells on or within a plant structure.
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  • The latter often produce copious secretions to the plant surface, outside the cuticle, or stored within glands.
  • The report states that nectar glands occur only within the genus Eriocaulon.
  • The family is characterized by various kinds of sclereids, hypophyllous glands and specific nectary bracts.

Origin

late 17th century: from French glande, alteration of Old French glandre, from Latin glandulae 'throat glands'.

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retention of juvenile features in the adult animal

There are 2 definitions of gland in English:

gland2

Syllabification: gland
Pronunciation: /ɡland
 
/

noun

A sleeve used to produce a seal around a piston rod or other shaft.
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  • Engine access, for such routine maintenance as changing the oil filter or adjusting the packing gland on the shaft, is poor.
  • The major disadvantage is that the packing gland is beneath the engine and transmission, making service and alignment more difficult.

Origin

early 19th century: probably a variant of Scots glam 'a vice or clamp'; related to clamp1.

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