autocrine


au·to·crine

adjective \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

au·to·crine

adjective \-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

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