apocrine

play
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; 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

play play play
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


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up apocrine? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to bring about or cause (something)

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Emoji Quiz

  • emoji-the-quiz
  • What phase of the moon is this: 🌖 ?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!