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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 two types of sweat glands that produce sweat, namely apocrine and eccrine.
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Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) is a chronic, inflammatory skin disorder affecting areas rich in apocrine glands.
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Syringocystadenoma papilliferum (SCAP) is a rare benign tumor of the apocrine sweat glands and is usually located in the head and neck region (75% of the cases) which commonly arises at the second decade of life.
There are two main kinds of sweat glands: eccrine and apocrine.
There are variations of epidermal nevi (EN) that can be composed of superficial epidermal keratinocytes, sebaceous glands, apocrine or eccrine glands, hair follicles, or smooth muscle.
Body odor occurs as a result of chemical waste products (such as 2-methyl-2-hexenoic acid) produced by detrimental bacteria after these bacteria (which reside on the skin) interact with secretions from the apocrine sweat glands that are located in clothed, enclosed regions of the body.
Fox-Fordyce Disease (FFD), also known as apocrine miliaria, is an inflammatory skin condition postulated to occur when apocrine or apo-eccrine sweat ducts become occluded and inflamed (20-22).
Historically, this tumor was classified as eccrine, but the World Health Organization (WHO) has classified PMA under both eccrine and apocrine differentiation.
Depending on their presumed origin, these tumors of the epidermal appendages have been traditionally categorized into those with apocrine and eccrine, follicular and sebaceous differentiation.