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exocrine glands

Thursday 25 November 2004

Adj. glandular exocrine


Definition: Exocrine glands are glands that produce and secrete substances onto an epithelial surface by way of a duct. Their function is the secretion of liquids at the surface of the skin or mucosa.

Examples of exocrine glands include sweat, salivary, mammary, ceruminous, lacrimal, sebaceous, and mucous.

Exocrine glands are one of two types of glands in the human body, the other being endocrine glands, which secrete their products directly into the bloodstream.

The liver and pancreas are both exocrine and endocrine glands; they are exocrine glands because they secrete products—bile and pancreatic juice—into the gastrointestinal tract through a series of ducts, and endocrine because they secrete other substances directly into the bloodstream.


- glandular acini
- glandular ducts


- exocrine secretion


- tubular glands
- alveolar glands


- lacrymal glands
- salivary glands
-  nasal glands
- digestive glands

  • intestinal glands
  • colonic glands

- seminal glands
- prostatic glands
- uterine glands

- cutaneous glands


- glandular anomalies
- glandular malformations
- glandular anomalies
- glandular diseases
- glandular tumors

See also

- glands

  • endocrine glands