mer·​o·​crine ˈmer-ə-krən How to pronounce merocrine (audio)
: producing a secretion that does not contain cellular components and is discharged without major damage to the secreting cell
also : produced by a merocrine gland

Examples of merocrine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nikole Paige Rickard, a veterinary technician at the VCA Apex Animal Hospital in Apex, North Carolina, tells Woman's Day that dogs sweat through their paws with glands called merocrine glands. Jo Yurcaba, Woman's Day, 2 Jan. 2020

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Word History


borrowed from French mérocrine, from méro- mero- + -crine, from the stem of Greek krī́nein "to separate, choose, decide" — more at certain entry 1

Note: See note at holocrine.

First Known Use

circa 1905, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of merocrine was circa 1905

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Cite this Entry

“Merocrine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

Medical Definition


: producing a secretion that is discharged without major damage to the secreting cells
merocrine glands
also : of or produced by a merocrine gland
a merocrine secretion
compare apocrine, eccrine, holocrine
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