merocrine

adjective mer·o·crine \ ˈmer-ə-krən , -ˌkrīn , -ˌkrēn \

Definition of merocrine

: 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

Origin and Etymology of merocrine

International Scientific Vocabulary, from mero- + Greek krinein to separate — more at certain


Medical Dictionary

merocrine

adjective mero·crine \ ˈmer-ə-krən , -ˌkrīn , -ˌkrēn \

medical Definition of merocrine

: 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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