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Cowper's gland(kou′pərz, ko͞o′-)
See bulbourethral gland.
Etymology: William Cowper, English surgeon, 1666-1709
either of two round, pea-sized tubular glands embedded in the urethral sphincter of the male beneath the bulb of the male urethra. Normally yellow, they consist of several lobes with ducts that join and form a single excretory duct, emptying mucus into the urethra. Also called bulbourethral gland. Compare Bartholin's gland.
Cowper's gland(kow'perz, koo')
[William Cowper, Brit. anatomist, 1666–1709]
Either of two small, round, yellow glands, one on each side of the prostate gland, each with a duct about 1 in (2.5 cm) long, terminating in the wall of the urethra. They secrete a viscid fluid forming part of the seminal fluid and correspond to the Bartholin glands in the female. Synonym: bulbourethral gland See: prostate; urethra