eccrine gland

noun
variants: or eccrine sweat gland

Definition of eccrine gland

: any of the rather small sweat glands that discharge an odorless watery fluid onto the surface of the skin, play an important role in thermoregulation, and are widely distributed across the body with the most dense concentrations on the palms, soles, and forehead — compare apocrine gland

First Known Use of eccrine gland

circa 1927, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About eccrine gland

Time Traveler for eccrine gland

Time Traveler

The first known use of eccrine gland was circa 1927

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near eccrine gland

eccrine

eccrine gland

eccrinid

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for eccrine gland

Cite this Entry

“Eccrine gland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eccrine%20gland. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for eccrine gland

eccrine gland

noun

Medical Definition of eccrine gland

: any of the rather small sweat glands that produce a fluid secretion without removing cytoplasm from the secreting cells and that are restricted to the human skin

called also eccrine sweat gland

More from Merriam-Webster on eccrine gland

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about eccrine gland

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

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!