merocrine

adjective
mer·​o·​crine | \ ˈmer-ə-krən How to pronounce merocrine (audio) , -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

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, "Do Dogs Sweat? Here's What Happens To Your Pup When It's Hot," 2 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of merocrine

circa 1905, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for merocrine

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.

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“Merocrine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/merocrine. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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merocrine

adjective
mero·​crine | \ ˈmer-ə-krən How to pronounce merocrine (audio) , -ˌkrīn How to pronounce merocrine (audio) , -ˌkrēn How to pronounce merocrine (audio) \

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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