What do glands do?


: a specialized cell, group of cells, or organ of endothelial origin that selectively removes materials from the blood, concentrates or alters them, and secretes them for further use in the body or for elimination from the body

noun (2)

Example Sentences

In the week before your period, progesterone might swell the milk glands, which can result in bumpy, swollen, tender, or heavy breasts.2 Those hormones also promote extra water retention in the breast and abdominal area, which can make your breasts feel bloated and uncomfortable in your bra. — Ashley Mateo, Health, 6 Aug. 2023 The inner eyelids are lined by rows of tiny glands called meibomian glands, which secrete a substance that keeps the eyes moist and protected, Dr. Jean Carruthers, a clinical professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, told Fox News Digital. — Melissa Rudy, Fox News, 1 Aug. 2023 See a doctor as needed If dry eyes persist after trying the above steps, the meibomian glands located in the inner eyelids may have become clogged or damaged, Carruthers warned. — Melissa Rudy, Fox News, 1 Aug. 2023 Here are the main reasons why taking CBD oil under the tongue is preferred: Faster absorption: The sublingual gland provides a direct route to the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system. — Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 25 July 2023 Most commonly, the meibomian glands get clogged up by secretions becoming dry. — Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 19 July 2023 This tiny gland located in the neck is part of a complex system that controls body metabolism. — Lisa Sanders, M.d., New York Times, 7 June 2023 Those glands are called lymph nodes, which swell in response to illness. — Maggie O’Neill, Health, 30 June 2023 Per Doctors If the cyst becomes infected and filled with pus, and forms an abscess, the gland will be tender, swollen, and red. — Women’s Health, 26 June 2023 See More

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Word History

French glande, from Old French, glandular swelling on the neck, gland, ultimately from Latin gland-, glans acorn; akin to Greek balanos acorn