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ap·o·crine

 (ăp′ə-krĭn, -krīn′, -krēn′)
adj.
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.]

apocrine

(ˈæpəkraɪn; -krɪn)
adj
(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]

ap•o•crine

(ˈæp ə krɪn, -ˌkraɪn, -ˌkrin)

adj.
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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Finally, recent studies have classified sweat gland carcinomas into eccrine and apocrine tumors.
Gupta and colleagues reported the use of electrodessication to be successful in the treatment of multiple apocrine tumors of less than 1 cm in diameter.