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Descriptor English: Anal Sacs
Descriptor Spanish: Sacos Anales
Descriptor Portuguese: Sacos Anais
Descriptor French: Sac anal
Entry term(s): Anal Gland, Animal
Anal Glands, Animal
Anal Sac
Tree number(s): A13.073
RDF Unique Identifier: https://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D000695
Scope note: A pair of anal glands or sacs, located on either side of the ANUS, that produce and store a dark, foul-smelling fluid in carnivorous animals such as MEPHITIDAE and DOGS. The expelled fluid is used as a defensive repellent (in skunks) or a material to mark territory (in dogs).
Annotation: for neopl, coord with ANAL GLAND NEOPLASMS
Allowable Qualifiers: AB abnormalities
AH anatomy & histology
BS blood supply
CH chemistry
CY cytology
DE drug effects
DG diagnostic imaging
EM embryology
EN enzymology
GD growth & development
IM immunology
IN injuries
IR innervation
ME metabolism
MI microbiology
PA pathology
PH physiology
PP physiopathology
PS parasitology
RE radiation effects
SU surgery
TR transplantation
UL ultrastructure
VI virology
Previous Indexing: Anus (1966-1967)
Carnivora (1966-1967)
Public MeSH Note: 68
History Note: 68
DeCS ID: 709
Unique ID: D000695
Documents indexed in the Virtual Health Library (VHL): Click here to access the VHL documents
Date Established: 1968/01/01
Date of Entry: 1999/01/01
Revision Date: 2015/06/23
Anal Sacs - Preferred
Concept UI M0001062
Scope note A pair of anal glands or sacs, located on either side of the ANUS, that produce and store a dark, foul-smelling fluid in carnivorous animals such as MEPHITIDAE and DOGS. The expelled fluid is used as a defensive repellent (in skunks) or a material to mark territory (in dogs).
Preferred term Anal Sacs
Entry term(s) Anal Gland, Animal
Anal Glands, Animal
Anal Sac



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