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 (ăp′ə-krĭn, -krīn′, -krēn′)
Relating to a type of glandular secretion in which the apical portion of the secreting cell is released along with the secretory products.

[Probably from Greek apokrīnein, to set apart : apo-, apo- + krīnein, to separate; see krei- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈæpəkraɪn; -krɪn)
(Biochemistry) denoting a type of glandular secretion in which part of the secreting cell is lost with the secretion, as in mammary glands. Compare merocrine, holocrine
[C20: from apo- + -crine, from Greek krinein to separate]


(ˈæp ə krɪn, -ˌkraɪn, -ˌkrin)

1. of or pertaining to certain glands whose secretions are acted upon by bacteria to produce the characteristic odor of perspiration.
2. of or pertaining to such secretions.
[1925–30; < Greek apokrinein to set apart]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.apocrine - (of exocrine glands) producing a secretion in which part of the secreting cell is released with the secretionapocrine - (of exocrine glands) producing a secretion in which part of the secreting cell is released with the secretion; "mother's milk is one apocrine secretion"
eccrine - (of exocrine glands) producing a clear aqueous secretion without releasing part of the secreting cell; important in regulating body temperature
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There are three types of sweat glands in the body: eccrine, apocrine and mixed.
There are two different kinds of sweat glands: the eccrine, which are found all over the body and help control body temperature, and the apocrine, which are located primarily in the groin and underarm areas.
It originates from the apocrine glands and is characterised by suppuration and mucopurulent secretion, fistulae, unaesthetic scars and cicatricial retractions.
Apocrine differentiation may be seen in pleomorphic LCIS cells and is characterized by abundant eosinophilic cytoplasm, cytoplasmic granules, and prominent nucleoli (Figure 3, A through D).
Many other tumors arising from NS lesions have been reported in the literature, including keratoacanthoma, apocrine cystadenoma, leiomyoma, and sebaceous cell carcinoma.
9) The authors of a 2012 review noted that pilosebaceous and apocrine glands are distributed in a pattern that overlaps broadly with locations at which EVHC have been noted and opined that such overlap is unlikely to be random.
One case with the classical morphology but with additional apocrine differentiation was considered a distinct entity, reported as reticulated acanthoma with apocrine differentiation (15).
They're called apocrine glands and the sweat they secrete is thought to have a smell which is a sexual attractant.
See a doctor if: *You suddenly begin to sweat much more or less than usual *Sweating disrupts your daily routine *You experience night sweats for no apparent reason *You notice a change in your body odour Your skin has two main types of sweat glands: eccrine glands and apocrine glands.
the whole secretory cell is secreted) whereas sweat glands secrete either apocrine (secretion occurs via pinchoff of outer cell parts) or eccrine (secretion is released from the cell as a liquid without disintegration).
Hidrocystomas are benign adnexal tumors of eccrine or apocrine origin.
Where an apocrine gland is not formed, there are only two bulges seen.