Urethral gland
Latinglandulae urethrales urethrae masculinae
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Anatomical terminology

The urethral or periurethral glands (also Littré glands after Alexis Littré)[1] are glands that branch off the wall of the urethra of mammals. The glands secrete mucus[2] and are most numerous in the section of the urethra that runs through the penis. Urethral glands produce a colloid secretion containing glycosaminoglycans; this secretion protects the epithelium against urine.[3]

Untreated urethritis can lead to infection of the urethral glands, which can in turn result in impeding urethral strictures.

See also

List of distinct cell types in the adult human body


  1. ^ Littre's glands at Who Named It?
  2. ^ "Male Reproductive System". University of Ottawa. Archived from the original on 2012-11-07. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
  3. ^ Human Microscopic Anatomy: An Atlas for Students of Medicine and Biology By Radivoj V. Krstić, page 382