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Meibomian gland

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    Tarsal glands in the eyelids. Compound sebaceous glands located on a line between the tarsi and the conjunctiva of eyelids. They lubricate the free rim of the eyelids, where the excretory ducts flow out near the posterior rim.

    The glands were already known by Galen and were figured by Giulio Casserio (1552-1616) in 1609. However, they were named after Heinrich Meibom, who first accurately described them in 1666.


    • G. Casserio:
      Pentaesthesion. Venice, 1609; Frankfurt 1609, 1610, 1612, 1622.
    • H. Meibom:
      De vasis palpebrarum novis epistolae. Helmstädt, H. Müller, 1666.
      (Helmstadi, typ. H. Mulleri, 1666).

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