Palpebral glands
Little glands in the eyelids (the palpebrae) that make a lubricant which they discharge through their tiny openings in the edges of the lids. The lubricant is a fatty substance called sebum characteristic of sebaceous glands. Also known as the meibomian glands, these glands can become inflamed, a condition termed meibomianitis or meibomitis (diagnosed recently in this writer). Chronic inflammation leads to cysts of the meibomian glands called chalazions. The meibomian glands are named for a 17th-century German anatomist Heinrich Meibom (who must have had good eyes to see these minute structures). They are also known as the tarsal glands or tarsoconjunctival glands.

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glandulae tarsales.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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