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 (ĕk′rĭn, -rīn′, -rēn′)
1. Relating to an eccrine gland or its secretion, especially sweat.
2. Exocrine.

[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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(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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There are two types of sweat glands that produce sweat, namely apocrine and eccrine. The former containing the chemical, pheromones, is present under the arms, breast and groin areas.
Adnexal proliferations can be divided into 3 major groups on the basis of whether they show histologic differentiation resembling sebaceous glands, sweat glands/ ducts (eccrine and/or apocrine), or hair follicles.
Eccrine porocarcinoma (EPC) is a malignant tumor of the eccrine sweat glands, amounting for only 0.005% of skin cancers [4].
Most of them are eccrine sweat glands found in large numbers on the forehead and in the armpits.
The hot summer weather, exercise, and other strenuous activities can trigger our eccrine glands to release sweat.
The painful tumor differential diagnosis has been described in the literature by the mnemonic "LEND AN EGG": leiomyoma, eccrine spiradenoma, neuroma, dermatofibroma, angiolipoma, neurilemmoma, endometrioma, glomus tumor, and granular cell tumor.
There are two main kinds of sweat glands: eccrine and apocrine.
Eccrine Systems has collaborated with Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.
Eccrine Systems announced that it is collaborating with Maxim Integrated Products on the development and integration of analog signal processing technologies to drive Eccrine's sweat sensing platform.
Human eccrine and apocrine sweat glands profusely sweat in order to reduce excessive internal body core heat temperatures.
Neutrophilic eccrine hidradenitis (NEH) is an uncommon, benign disease that was described for the first time in 1982 by Harrist et al.
(3) Previously, this tumor had been reported under several names, including colloid, adenocystic, gelatinous and mucinous eccrine carcinoma.