ectocrine


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Related to ectocrine: Exocrine glands, exocrine, endocrine system

ectocrine

(ˈɛktəʊˌkriːn; -krɪn)
n
(Biology) a substance that is released by an organism into the external environment and influences the development, behaviour, etc, of members of the same or different species
[C20: from ecto- + -crine, as in endocrine]
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For example, ectocrines on the surface of microalgae or in a boundary layer surrounding cells are thought to be essential in particle selection (Ward and Targett, 1989; Pales Espinosa et al.
Action de trois substances supposees ectocrines (riboflavine, acide glutamique, glycine) sur la cinetique du developpement de l'oeuf et la croissance de la larve de deux especes d'echinides: Arbacia lixula et Paracentrotus lividus.