merocrine


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mer·o·crine

 (mĕr′ə-krĭn, -krīn′, -krēn′)
adj.
Of or relating to a gland whose secretory cells remain undamaged during secretion.

[mero- + Greek krīnein, to separate; see endocrine.]

merocrine

(ˈmɛrəˌkraɪn; -krɪn)
adj
(Physiology) (of the secretion of glands) characterized by formation of the product without undergoing disintegration. Compare holocrine, apocrine
[C20: from mero- + Greek krinein to separate]
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Apocrine glands also use merocrine or exocytosis of vesicles
In merocrine secretion, the limiting membrane of the secretory vesicle fuses with the apical plasma membrane, so that the cell empties its contents without any loss of cytoplasm (exocytosis).