Dictionary

autocrine

adjective au·to·crine \ˈ-tō-ˌkrin\

Definition of AUTOCRINE

:  of, relating to, promoted by, or being a substance secreted by a cell and acting on surface receptors of the same cell — compare paracrine

Origin of AUTOCRINE

aut- + -crine (as in endocrine)
First Known Use: 1980

autocrine

adjective au·to·crine \-krin\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of AUTOCRINE

:  of, relating to, promoted by, or being a substance secreted by a cell and acting on surface receptors of the same cell <autocrine stimulation of T cell growth> <autocrine growth of some breast cancers—M. E. Lippman>—compare paracrine

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: autocriticalPrevious Word in the Dictionary: autocratorAll Words Near: autocrine
May 26, 2015
sacrilegious Hear it
grossly irreverent
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears