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Bartholin's gland

The Bartholin's glands (also called Bartholin glands or greater vestibular glands) are two glands located slightly below and to the left and right of the opening of the vagina in women. They secrete mucus to provide lubrication, especially when the woman is sexually aroused, thus facilitating sexual intercourse.

They were first described in the 17th century, by the Danish anatomist Caspar Bartholin the Younger[?] (1655-1738). Some sources mistakenly ascribe their discovery to his grandfather, theologian and anatomist Caspar Bartholin the Elder[?] (1585 - 1629).

Bartholin's glands are homologous to Cowper's glands in males.

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References

  • C. C. Gillispie (ed.): Dictionary of Scientific Biography, New York 1970. See the article on Thomas Bartholin.



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