apocrine

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

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

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


Medical Dictionary

apocrine

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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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