Sweat gland

Small tubular structures of the skin that produce sweat; a type of exocrine gland, which are glands that produce and secrete substances onto an epithelial surface by way of a duct.

Sweat glands, (sudoriferous or sudoriparous glands),[2] are small tube-like glands in the skin that create sweat.

Sweat gland
Human skin structure.svg
A cross-section of the human skin, with the sweat gland labeled at the bottom
Details
PrecursorEctoderm
SystemIntegumentary
NerveEccrine: cholinergic sympathetic nerves
Apocrine: adrenergic nerves
Identifiers
LatinGlandula sudorifera[1]
MeSHD013545
TAA16.0.00.029
FMA59152
Anatomical terminology

The evaporation of sweat helps to cool the body down. Also, in many mammals, the sweat contains a slight scent which other animals can notice.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Federative International Committee on Anatomical Terminology (2008). Terminologia histologica: international terms for human cytology and histology. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. p. 121. ISBN 9780781775373.
  2. "sudoriferous". The New Oxford American Dictionary (2nd ed.).