Tarsal gland


Tarsal gland
   A gland located on the inside of the deer's hind leg. This gland consists of a patch of elongated hairs underlain by an area of large sebaceous glands. The sebaceous glands secrete a fatty lipid that adheres to the hairs of the tarsal gland. This area gives off a strong, musky odor. This odor is the result of urine being deposited on these glands and mixed with lipids during a behavior known as rub-urination. Deer use this gland to recognize other individuals in the herd and to give information relative to their sex, social status, and reproductive condition.

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  • tarsal gland — n MEIBOMIAN GLAND …   Medical dictionary

  • tarsal gland — noun a long sebaceous gland that lubricates the eyelids bacterial infection of a Meibomian gland produces a stye • Syn: ↑Meibomian gland • Hypernyms: ↑sebaceous gland, ↑sebaceous follicle, ↑glandulae sebaceae * * * noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • Tarsal gland Search —    A gland in deer located on the inside of the hind leg. The deer urinates on the gland, which mixes with oil produced by the gland. This creates scent, and helps with marking behavior …   Hunting glossary

  • gland — An organized aggregation of cells functioning as a secretory or excretory organ. SYN: glandula (1) [TA]. [L. glans, acorn] accessory g. a small mass of glandular structure, detached from but lying near another and larger g., to which it is… …   Medical dictionary

  • Tarsal cyst — Also called a Meibomian cyst or a chalazion. A tarsal cyst is an inflammation of the oil gland of the eyelid. * * * chalazion …   Medical dictionary

  • Meibomian gland — noun a long sebaceous gland that lubricates the eyelids bacterial infection of a Meibomian gland produces a stye • Syn: ↑tarsal gland • Hypernyms: ↑sebaceous gland, ↑sebaceous follicle, ↑glandulae sebaceae * * * (ˈ)mī|bōmēən, myən …   Useful english dictionary

  • sebaceous gland — noun a cutaneous gland that secretes sebum (usually into a hair follicle) for lubricating hair and skin • Syn: ↑sebaceous follicle, ↑glandulae sebaceae • Hypernyms: ↑oil gland • Hyponyms: ↑Meibomian gland, ↑tarsal gland, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • meibomian gland — mei·bo·mian gland mī bō mē ən n, often cap M one of the long sebaceous glands of the eyelids that discharge a fatty secretion which lubricates the eyelids called also tarsal gland see CHALAZION Mei·bom mī .bōm Heinrich (1638 1700) German… …   Medical dictionary

  • Meibomian gland — Front of left eye with eyelids separated to show medial canthus and openings of tarsal (meibomian) glands. Latin glandulae tarsales Gray s …   Wikipedia

  • Scent gland — Scent glands are found in the genital area of most mammals and in various other parts of the body, such as the underarms of humans and the preorbital glands of deer. They produce a semi viscous fluid which contains pheromones. These odor… …   Wikipedia


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