Definition of gland noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɡlænd//
; NAmE NAmE//ɡlænd//
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an organ in a person’s or an animal’s body that produces a substance for the body to use. There are many different glands in the body. a snake’s poison glands Her glands are swollen. She’s gone to bed with swollen glands and a temperature. see also pituitary Word Originlate 17th cent.: from French glande, alteration of Old French glandre, from Latin glandulae ‘throat glands’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: gland