autocrine

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adjective au·to·crine \ˈȯ-tō-ˌkrin\

Definition of autocrine

  1. :  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)


First Known Use: 1980


Medical Dictionary

autocrine

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adjective au·to·crine \-krin\

Medical Definition of autocrine

  1. :  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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