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

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

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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