autocrine

adjective au·to·crine \ ˈȯ-tō-ˌkrin \

Definition of autocrine

: of, relating to, promoted by, or being a substance secreted by a cell and acting on surface receptors of the same cell — compare paracrine

Origin and Etymology of autocrine

aut- + -crine (as in endocrine)


Medical Dictionary

autocrine

adjective au·to·crine \ -krin \

medical Definition of autocrine

: of, relating to, promoted by, or being a substance secreted by a cell and acting on surface receptors of the same cell
  • autocrine stimulation of T cell growth
  • autocrine growth of some breast cancers
  • —M. E. Lippman
— compare paracrine

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