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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.]


(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]


(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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17) In addition, no histologic or immunohistochemical evidence of a relationship between the acantholytic areas and the eccrine apparatus has been identified.
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The histologic differential diagnosis includes eccrine carcinoma, mucin-producing adenocarcinoma with squamous differentiation, primary cutaneous adenosquamous (mucoepidermoid) carcinoma, and malignant mixed tumors of the skin.
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Regional variations in transepidermal water loss, eccrine sweat gland density, sweat secretion rates and electrolyte composition in resting and exercising humans.
Sweat caused by physical activity (internal thermal stress) and environmental heat (external thermal stress) are produced by secretions from the eccrine sweat gland, while stress (emotional) sweat is produced by secretions from the eccrine and apocrine gland, and as this sweat mixes with bacteria on our skin, the result is a distinguishably foul odour," she said.
Because the vulva contains a high density of apocrine and anogenital mammary-like glands relative to eccrine glands and pilosebaceous units, we suspect that the spectrum of neoplasms identified in the vulvar region would reflect the relative frequency of these structures.
The eccrine sweat gland's function is similar to that of a kidney glomerulus and tubule, responding to the same hormonal stimuli.
Secretory immunoglobulin A (SIgA), one type of immune barrier, is found on the skin in sweat from eccrine glands (Okada et al.