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n. pl. ac·i·ni (-nī′)
One of the small saclike dilations composing a compound gland.

[Latin, berry.]

a·cin′ic (ə-sĭn′ĭk), ac′i·nous adj.


n, pl -ni (-ˌnaɪ)
1. (Anatomy) anatomy any of the terminal saclike portions of a compound gland
2. (Botany) botany any of the small drupes that make up the fruit of the blackberry, raspberry, etc
3. botany obsolete a collection of berries, such as a bunch of grapes
[C18: New Latin, from Latin: grape, berry]
acinic, ˈacinous, ˈacinose adj


(ˈæs ə nəs)

n., pl. -ni (-ˌnaɪ)
1. a small, rounded form, as a lobule, sac, seed, or berry.
2. the smallest secreting portion of a gland.
[1725–35; < Latin: grape, berry, seed of a berry]
ac′i•nar (-nər, -ˌnɑr) a•cin•ic (əˈsɪn ɪk) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.acinus - one of the small drupes making up an aggregate or multiple fruit like a blackberryacinus - one of the small drupes making up an aggregate or multiple fruit like a blackberry
drupelet - a small part of an aggregate fruit that resembles a drupe
2.acinus - one of the small sacs or saclike dilations in a compound glandacinus - one of the small sacs or saclike dilations in a compound gland
gland, secreter, secretor, secretory organ - any of various organs that synthesize substances needed by the body and release it through ducts or directly into the bloodstream
sac - a structure resembling a bag in an animal
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In females, numerous growing oocytes are attached to the acinus wall, and free oocytes occupy the acinus lumen.
Distribution of alcohol dehydrogenase isoenzymes in the human liver acinus.
Elevated oxidative stress, iron accumulation around microvessels and increased 4-hydroxynonenal immunostaining in zone 1 of the liver acinus in hypercholesterolemic rabbits.
The acinar cells secrete a fluid that contains water, electrolytes, mucus, and enzymes, all of which flow out of the acinus into collecting ducts.
Higher labeling indices (percentage of acinus area immunoreactive for AQP-5) in the biopsies were found in SS patients who had taken DCEL This study demonstrated that D.
Ultrastructural zonal heterogeneity of hepatocytes and mitochondria within the hepatic acinus during liver regeneration after partial hepatectomy.
sperm morulae floating free in the lumen of the acinus of the testis).
The observed synergistic effects were localized to the central acinus, an area that undergoes distinct biochemical and structural changes in response to long-term [O.