holocrine

adjective
ho·​lo·​crine | \ ˈhō-lə-krən How to pronounce holocrine (audio) , -ˌkrīn, -ˌkrēn, ˈhä- \

Definition of holocrine

: producing or being a secretion resulting from lysis of secretory cells holocrine sebaceous glands

First Known Use of holocrine

circa 1905, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for holocrine

borrowed from French olocrine (later holocrine), from olo- holo- + -crine, from the stem of Greek krī́nein "to separate, choose, decide" — more at certain entry 1

Note: The word was introduced, along with mérocrine merocrine, by the French physician and histologist Louis-Antoine Ranvier (1835-1922) in "Le mécanisme de la sécrétion," Journal de micrographie, tome 11 (1887), p. 9. Ranvier does not proffer an etymology, but presumably he takes krī́nein to mean "secrete" or "excrete," though this meaning is only attested in classical Greek for the prefixed form ekkrī́nein, with a nominal derivative ékkrisis "secretion."

Learn More About holocrine

Time Traveler for holocrine

Time Traveler

The first known use of holocrine was circa 1905

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near holocrine

holocoenotic

holocrine

holocrystalline

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for holocrine

Cite this Entry

“Holocrine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holocrine. Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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

More Definitions for holocrine

holocrine

adjective
ho·​lo·​crine | \ ˈhō-lə-krən How to pronounce holocrine (audio) , -ˌkrīn How to pronounce holocrine (audio) , -ˌkrēn How to pronounce holocrine (audio) , ˈhäl-ə- \

Medical Definition of holocrine

: producing or being a secretion resulting from lysis of secretory cells holocrine glands holocrine secretions holocrine activity — compare apocrine, eccrine, merocrine

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

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!