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Medical Term:

tarsal glands


sebaceous glands embedded in the tarsal plate of each eyelid, discharging at the edge of the lid near the posterior border. Their secretions create a lipid barrier along the margin of the eyelids that contains the normal secretions in the conjunctival sac by preventing the watery fluid from spilling over the barrier when the eye is open.

Synonym(s): glandulae tarsalesTA, meibomian glands, palpebral glands

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