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accessory lacrimal glands
medical dictionary

Small, compound, branched, tubular glands located in the middle part of the lid (Wolfring's glands, 1872, or Ciaccio's glands, 1874) and along the superior and inferior fornices of the conjunctival sac (Krause's glands, 1854). These accessory glands are just scattered scraps of lacrimal gland tissue; all of them produce the same kind of tears and debouch on to the conjunctival surface. Henle's and Baumgarten's "glands" are in fact not glands at all, but mere epithelial invaginations.

Synonyms: glandulae lacrimales accessoriae.

(05 Mar 2000)

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