apocrine

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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