apocrine

adjective apo·crine \ ˈa-pə-krən , -ˌkrīn , -ˌkrēn \
Updated on: 28 Feb 2018

Definition of apocrine

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

Origin and Etymology of apocrine

borrowed from German apokrin, from apo- apo- + -krin, as in merokrin merocrine
Note: Term introduced, along with ekkrin eccrine by the German biologist P. Schiefferdecker in "Die Hautdrüsen des Menschen und der Säugetiere, ihre biologische und rassenanatomische Bedeutung sowie die Muscularis sexualis," Biologisches Zentralblatt, Band 37 (1917), p. 534.


Medical Dictionary

apocrine

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

medical Definition of apocrine

: 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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