• Entry
  • Reader's guide
  • Entries A-Z
  • Subject index

Sweat Gland: Major Pathologies

Sweat glands, or sudoriferous glands, are the small tubule-like structures found in the dermis or in the lower part of the skin that produces secretion called sweat. Sweat is a colorless, acidic fluid released through tiny openings in the surface of the skin called pores. Sweat helps to regulate body temperature through evaporative cooling, particularly during hot weather, exercise, or extreme temperatures. Approximately 2 to 4 million sweat glands are found across the human body. These glands are regulated by the autonomic nervous system. In one day, 700 to 900 grams of perspiration or sweat is secreted.

These glands have simple tubules which consist of coiled structures known as glomeruli, which produce sweat and carry it through ducts toward the surface of the skin. This secretory ...

    • Loading...
    locked icon

    Sign in to access this content

    Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

    • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
    • Read modern, diverse business cases
    • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles