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/gləˈbelə/  Noun, pl. glabellas or glabellae (Anatomy) 1. In humans, is the space between the eyebrows and above the nose. It is slightly depressed, and joins the two superciliary ridges. ( 2. The space between the eyebrows and the nose. ( 3. The space between the eyebrows, also including the corresponding part of the frontal bone; the mesophryon. ( 4. The smooth part of the forehead above and between the eyebrows. (Google Dictionary) 5. A smooth prominence of the frontal bone between and above the eyebrows; the most forward projecting point of the forehead in the midline at the level of the supraorbital ridges. ( (Zoology) 1. The axial protuberance on the cephalon of certain arthropods (especially trilobites)....

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/ˌgladēˈōləs/ Noun, pl. gladioli (Anatomy) 1. The center part of the sternum. ( 2. The middle portion of the sternum in some animals; the mesosternum. ( 3. The large central part of the breastbone. ( (Botany) 1. Any of several flowering plants, of the genus Gladiolus, having sword-shaped leaves and showy flowers on spikes; gladiola. ( 2. A genus of plants having bulbous roots and gladiate leaves, and including many species, some of which are cultivated and valued for the beauty of their flowers; the corn flag; the sword lily. ( 3. A genus of perennial bulbous flowering plants in the iris family (Iridaceae). It is sometimes called the ‘Sword lily’, but usually by its generic name (plural gladioli, gladioluses, glads). ( 4. An Old World plant of the iris family, with sword-shaped leaves and spikes of brightly colored flowers, popular in gardens and as a cut flower. (Google Dictionary) Word origin: From Latin gladiolus “wild iris,” literally “small sword,” diminutive of gladius “sword”; so called by Pliny in reference to the plant’s sword-shaped leaves. The Old English form of the word was gladdon. Form gladiol is attested mid-15c.; the modern use perhaps represents a 1560s reborrowing from...

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/gland/ Noun, pl. glands (Zoology) 1. An organ in an animal’s body that synthesizes a substance for release of substances such as hormones or breast milk, often into the bloodstream (endocrine gland) or into cavities inside the body or its outer surface (exocrine gland). ( 2. Organ specialised for secretion by the infolding of an epithelial sheet. The secretory epithelial cells may either be arranged as an acinus with a duct or as a tubule. Glands from which release occurs to a free epithelial surface are exocrine, those that release product to the circulatory system are endocrine glands. ( 3. Any of various organs that synthesize substances needed by the body and release it through ducts or directly into the bloodstream. ( (Botany) 1. A secretory structure on the surface of an organ. ( 2. A secreting cell or group of cells on or within a plant structure. (Google Dictionary) Word origin: From French glande (Old French glandre, 13c.), from Latin glandula “gland of the throat, tonsil,” diminutive of glans (genitive glandis) “acorn,...

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Glands of Montgomery

1. Glands located in the areola area of the nipple. These glands appear on both the areola and on the nipple itself. The number of these glands vary. There can be fewer than five or more than 20 Montgomery glands present. These glands are responsible for secreting fluid in order to keep the nipple and areola lubricated. ( 2. A number of small mammary glands forming small rounded projections from the surface of the areola of the breast; they enlarge with pregnancy and during lactation secrete a substance presumed to resist chapping. ( 3. Sebaceous glands in the areola surrounding the nipple. The glands make oily secretions (lipoid fluid) to keep the areola and the nipple lubricated and protected. Volatile compounds in these secretions may also serve as an olfactory stimulus for newborn appetite. ( Syn: Areolar glands, Montgomery...

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