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

borrowed from French mérocrine, from méro- mero- + -crine, from the stem of Greek krī́nein "to separate, choose, decide" — more at 1certain
Note: See note at holocrine.


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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