Gland, sweat
The sweat (sudoriferous) glands are small tubular structures situated within and under the skin (in the subcutaneous tissue). They discharge sweat by tiny openings in the surface of the skin. The sweat is a transparent colorless acidic fluid with a peculiar odor. It contains some fatty acids and mineral matter. It is also called perspiration.

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  • sweat duct — n the part of a sweat gland which extends through the dermis to the surface of the skin * * * the duct that leads from the body of a sweat gland to the surface of the skin …   Medical dictionary

  • sweat gland — n a small organ under your skin that produces sweat …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sweat gland — sweat ,gland noun count an organ in your body that produces SWEAT …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sweat gland — sweat′ gland n. anat. one of the minute, coiled, tubular glands of the skin that secrete sweat • Etymology: 1835–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • sweat gland — n. any of the very small, coiled, tubular glands in the subcutaneous tissue that secrete sweat: see SKIN …   English World dictionary

  • Gland — Gland, n. [F. glande, L. glans, glandis, acorn; akin to Gr. ? for ?, and ? to cast, throw, the acorn being the dropped fruit. Cf. {Parable}, n.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Anat.) (a) An organ for secreting something to be used in, or eliminated from, the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gland of Moll — mōl, mȯl, mäl n any of the small glands near the free margin of each eyelid regarded as modified sweat glands called also Moll s gland Moll mȯl Jacob Antonius (1832 1914) Dutch ophthalmologist. In about 1865 Moll wrote the first satisfactory… …   Medical dictionary

  • gland — [glænd] n [Date: 1600 1700; : French; Origin: glande, from Latin glans acorn ] an organ of the body which produces a substance that the body needs, such as ↑hormones, ↑sweat, or ↑saliva ▪ the pituitary gland …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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