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oil gland

[′ȯil ‚gland]
(vertebrate zoology)
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(1976) agreed with Cart and Cart (1970) that difficulties encountered preparing oil glands for microscopy was one reason for the conflicting reports of lysigeny and schizogeny.
Next to each of their long outer hairs is a tiny oil gland. When the animals groom their fur, they spread oil over these hairs.
As explained above, a stye is an oil gland on the eyelid that gets blocked by dirt, dead skin or oil.
This increased oil can cause a blockage of the oil glands. As the material builds up, blackheads or whiteheads can be seen.
AThis story suggests the development of what are known as chalazions, which are a form of cyst within the eyelid, usually the upper one, caused by blockage of an oil gland. If they do not settle by themselves, they can be treated with surgery, often unde r local anaesthetic.
The scientists actually discovered that the preen oil gland secretions, by which all aquatic birds make their feathers waterproof, support a natural mechanism that concentrates AIVs from water onto birds' bodies.
Rarely, an oil gland underneath the eyelid might be enlarged, but this should clear up without treatment.
A stye, an infection of the tear or oil gland that usually requires no treatment.
However, hormones also influence both oil gland production and the maturation of skin cells thereby contributing to the formation of acne lesions.