Merocrine - definition of merocrine by The Free Dictionary
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mer·o·crine (mĕr′ə-krĭn, -krīn′, -krēn′)
Of or relating to a gland whose secretory cells remain undamaged during secretion.
+ Greek krīnein
, to separate
; see endocrine
merocrine (ˈmɛrəˌkraɪn; -krɪn)
(Physiology) (of the secretion of glands) characterized by formation of the product without undergoing disintegration. Compare holocrine
[C20: from mero- + Greek krinein to separate]
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Apocrine glands also use merocrine
or exocytosis of vesicles
padbergi, or merocrine
as observed by Hefner (1929) for Parajulus impressus.
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).