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British pronunciation/ɡlˈænd/
American pronunciation/ˈɡɫænd/
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an organ in the body that produces certain chemical substances to be used in the body or to be discharged into the surroundings

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What is "gland"?

The gland is an organ in the body that plays a crucial role in the endocrine system by producing and releasing hormones into the bloodstream. Endocrine glands, such as the pituitary gland, thyroid gland, and adrenal glands, secrete hormones that regulate and coordinate various bodily functions, including growth, metabolism, reproduction, and stress response. These hormones act as chemical messengers, traveling through the bloodstream to target cells or organs, where they exert their specific effects. Glands of the endocrine system work together to maintain hormonal balance and ensure the proper functioning of the body's physiological processes.

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The doctor prescribed medication to stimulate the production of insulin by the pancreas gland in the patient with diabetes.
The endocrine system includes glands such as the thyroid and adrenal glands, which regulate hormones in the body.
Venomous snakes manufacture venom in specialized glands for hunting and defense.
Symptoms of lymphoma include swollen glands, losing weight without explanation, and feeling very tired.
Using its silk-producing glands, the spider spun intricate patterns into its web.
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