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holocrine

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adjective ho·lo·crine \-krən, -ˌkrīn, -ˌkrēn\

Definition of holocrine

  1. :  producing or being a secretion resulting from lysis of secretory cells <holocrine sebaceous glands>



Origin and Etymology of holocrine

International Scientific Vocabulary hol- + Greek krinein to separate — more at certain


First Known Use: circa 1905


Medical Dictionary

holocrine

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adjective ho·lo·crine \ˈhō-lə-krən, -ˌkrīn, -ˌkrēn, ˈhäl-ə-\

Medical Definition of holocrine

  1. :  producing or being a secretion resulting from lysis of secretory cells <holocrine glands> <holocrine secretions> <holocrine activity>—compare apocrine, eccrine, merocrine




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