eccrine gland

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

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“Eccrine gland.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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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

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