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Urethral glands of Littré

Glands that branch off the wall of the urethra of male mammals. The glands secrete mucus and are most numerous in the section of the urethra that runs through the penis. Urethral glands produce a colloid secretion containing glycosaminoglycans; this secretion protects the epithelium against urine. (

Syn: urethral glands, periurethral glands, Littre glands

Word origin: Named after an anatomist, Alexis Littré.

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