paracrine

adjective

para·​crine ˈper-ə-krən How to pronounce paracrine (audio) -ˌkrīn How to pronounce paracrine (audio)
ˈpa-rə-
: of, relating to, promoted by, or being a substance secreted by a cell and acting on adjacent cells compare autocrine

Examples of paracrine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Additionally, muscle helps functions of the endocrine and paracrine systems, the authors said – the ones responsible for hormones and cell communication, respectively. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 27 Sep. 2022

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Word History

Etymology

para entry 1- + -crine (as in endocrine)

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of paracrine was in 1952

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Cite this Entry

“Paracrine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paracrine. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

paracrine

adjective
para·​crine ˈpar-ə-krən How to pronounce paracrine (audio) -ˌkrīn How to pronounce paracrine (audio)
: of, relating to, promoted by, or being a substance secreted by a cell and acting on adjacent cells
paracrine stimulation of tumor growthM. B. Rettig et al.
compare autocrine
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