apocrine

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adjective apo·crine \ˈa-pə-krən, -ˌkrīn, -ˌkrēn\

Definition of apocrine

  1. :  producing a fluid secretion by pinching off one end of the secretory cell while leaving the rest intact <an apocrine gland>; also :  produced by an apocrine gland

Origin and Etymology of apocrine

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


First Known Use: 1926


Medical Dictionary

apocrine

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adjective apo·crine \ˈap-ə-krən, -ˌkrīn, -ˌkrēn\

Medical Definition of apocrine

  1. :  producing a fluid secretion by pinching off one end of the secreting cells which then reform and repeat the process <apocrine glands>; also :  produced by an apocrine gland—compare eccrine, holocrine, merocrine


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