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Sweat gland
Human skin structure.svg
A cross-section of the human skin, with the sweat gland labeled at the bottom
Latin Glandula sudorifera[1]
System Integumentary
Nerve Eccrine: cholinergic sympathetic nerves
Apocrine: adrenergic nerves
Precursor Ectoderm

Sweat glands, (sudoriferous or sudoriparous glands),[2] are small tube-like glands in the skin that create sweat.

The evaporation of sweat helps to cool the body down. Also, in many mammals, the sweat contains a slight scent which other animals can notice.


  1. Federative International Committee on Anatomical Terminology (2008). Terminologia histologica: international terms for human cytology and histology. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. p. 121. ISBN 9780781775373 . 
  2. "sudoriferous". The New Oxford American Dictionary (2nd).