exocrine

adjective
exo·​crine | \ ˈek-sə-krən How to pronounce exocrine (audio) , -ˌkrīn, -ˌkrēn \

Definition of exocrine

: producing, being, or relating to a secretion that is released outside its source exocrine pancreatic cells

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Recent Examples on the Web Of all exocrine pancreatic cancers, about 95% are adenocarcinomas, which usually begin in the ducts of the pancreas. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg Was Just Treated for A Malignant Tumor on Her Pancreas, Says Supreme Court," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of exocrine

circa 1911, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for exocrine

borrowed from French, from exo- exo- + -crine (in endocrine endocrine entry 1)

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The first known use of exocrine was circa 1911

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“Exocrine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exocrine. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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exocrine

adjective
exo·​crine | \ ˈek-sə-krən How to pronounce exocrine (audio) , -ˌkrīn How to pronounce exocrine (audio) , -ˌkrēn How to pronounce exocrine (audio) \

Medical Definition of exocrine

: producing, being, or relating to a secretion that is released outside its source exocrine pancreatic cells exocrine functions exocrine insufficiency

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