apocrine

adjective
apo·​crine | \ ˈa-pə-krən How to pronounce apocrine (audio) , -ˌkrīn How to pronounce apocrine (audio) , -ˌkrēn How to pronounce apocrine (audio) \

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

First Known Use of apocrine

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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.

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“Apocrine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apocrine. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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apocrine

adjective
apo·​crine | \ ˈap-ə-krən How to pronounce apocrine (audio) , -ˌkrīn How to pronounce apocrine (audio) , -ˌkrēn How to pronounce apocrine (audio) \

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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