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ec·crine(ĕk′rĭn, -rīn′, -rēn′)
1. Relating to an eccrine gland or its secretion, especially sweat.
[From Greek ekkrīnein, to secrete : ek-, out; see ecto- + krīnein, to separate; see krei- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Physiology) of or denoting glands that secrete externally, esp the numerous sweat glands on the human body. Compare apocrine
[from Greek ekkrinein to secrete, from ek- ec- + krinein to separate]
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ec•crine(ˈɛk rɪn, -raɪn, -rin)
of or pertaining to certain sweat glands, distributed over the entire body, that secrete a type of sweat important for regulating body heat (disting. from apocrine).
[1925–30; < Greek ekkrinein to secrete (ek- ec- + krinein to separate)]
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|Adj.||1.||eccrine - (of exocrine glands) producing a clear aqueous secretion without releasing part of the secreting cell; important in regulating body temperature|
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"
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