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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.


(ˈæs ə nəs)

also ac•i•nose


consisting of acini.
[1870–75; < Latin acinōsus. See acinus, -ous]
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Adj.1.acinous - pertaining to one of the small sacs (as in a compound gland)acinous - pertaining to one of the small sacs (as in a compound gland)
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