holocrine

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adjective ho·lo·crine \ˈhō-lə-krən, -ˌkrīn, -ˌkrēn, ˈhä-\

Definition of holocrine

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

Origin and Etymology of holocrine

International Scientific Vocabulary hol- + Greek krinein to separate — more at certain


First Known Use: circa 1905


Medical Dictionary

holocrine

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adjective ho·lo·crine \ˈhō-lə-krən, -ˌkrīn, -ˌkrēn, ˈhäl-ə-\

Medical Definition of holocrine

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


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