ec·​crine | \ ˈe-krən How to pronounce eccrine (audio) , -ˌkrīn, -ˌkrēn \

Definition of eccrine

: merocrine used especially of sweat glands also : produced by an eccrine gland

Examples of eccrine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mammals have three types of sweat glands: apocrine, sebaceous and eccrine. Asher Y. Rosinger, Scientific American, 1 July 2021 The type of sweat produced from the eccrine glands is what most often occurs in hyperhidrosis. Cathy Cassata,, 5 Nov. 2021 Humans have more eccrine sweat glands than any other primate. Asher Y. Rosinger, Scientific American, 1 July 2021 Most of us have between 2 and 5 million of eccrine sweat glands sprinkled across our whole body, including the armpit. Sarah Everts, Time, 21 July 2021

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First Known Use of eccrine

1927, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for eccrine

borrowed from German ekkrin, borrowed from Greek ekkrínein "to secrete," from ek- ec- + krínein "to separate" — more at certain entry 1

Note: See note at apocrine.

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15 Dec 2021

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“Eccrine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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ec·​crine | \ ˈek-rən How to pronounce eccrine (audio) , -ˌrīn How to pronounce eccrine (audio) , -ˌrēn How to pronounce eccrine (audio) \

Medical Definition of eccrine

: of, relating to, having, or being eccrine glands — compare apocrine, holocrine, merocrine


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