autocrine

adjective
au·​to·​crine | \ ˈȯ-tō-ˌkrin How to pronounce autocrine (audio) \

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

First Known Use of autocrine

1980, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for autocrine

aut- + -crine (as in endocrine)

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“Autocrine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/autocrine. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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autocrine

adjective
au·​to·​crine | \ -krin How to pronounce autocrine (audio) \

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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