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ap·o·crine(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.
[C20: from apo- + -crine, from Greek krinein to separate]
ap•o•crine(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]
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|Adj.||1.||apocrine - (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