oil gland
noun Date: circa 1836 a gland (as of the skin) that produces an oily secretion: as a. a sebaceous gland b. uropygial gland

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  • Oil gland — Oil Oil (oil), n. [OE. oile, OF. oile, F. huile, fr. L. oleum; akin to Gr. ?. Cf. {Olive}.] Any one of a great variety of unctuous combustible substances, more viscous than and not miscible with water; as, olive oil, whale oil, rock oil, etc.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • oil gland — n a gland (as of the skin) that produces an oily secretion specif SEBACEOUS GLAND * * * glandula sebacea …   Medical dictionary

  • oil gland — oil′ gland n. 1) anat. orn uropygial gland 2) anat. sebaceous gland • Etymology: 1825–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • oil gland — noun a gland that secretes oil • Hypernyms: ↑exocrine gland, ↑exocrine, ↑duct gland • Hyponyms: ↑uropygial gland, ↑preen gland, ↑sebaceous gland, ↑sebaceous follicle, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Oil gland — An oil gland is a sebaceous (or sebiferous) gland that secretes sebaceous matter. Oil glands are part of the body s integumentary system and serve to protect the body against germs. They are mainly situated in the corium or true skin. True oil… …   Wikipedia

  • oil gland — 1. See uropygial gland. 2. See sebaceous gland. [1825 35] * * * ▪ anatomy       any of a variety of skin structures that secrete oily or greasy substances of various functions. In birds, the preen gland, or uropygial gland, located on the back at …   Universalium

  • oil gland — noun Botany & Zoology a gland which secretes oil. ↘Ornithology another term for preen gland …   English new terms dictionary

  • Oil — (oil), n. [OE. oile, OF. oile, F. huile, fr. L. oleum; akin to Gr. ?. Cf. {Olive}.] Any one of a great variety of unctuous combustible substances, more viscous than and not miscible with water; as, olive oil, whale oil, rock oil, etc. They are of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Oil bag — Oil Oil (oil), n. [OE. oile, OF. oile, F. huile, fr. L. oleum; akin to Gr. ?. Cf. {Olive}.] Any one of a great variety of unctuous combustible substances, more viscous than and not miscible with water; as, olive oil, whale oil, rock oil, etc.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Oil beetle — Oil Oil (oil), n. [OE. oile, OF. oile, F. huile, fr. L. oleum; akin to Gr. ?. Cf. {Olive}.] Any one of a great variety of unctuous combustible substances, more viscous than and not miscible with water; as, olive oil, whale oil, rock oil, etc.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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