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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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Because eccrine hidrocystomas are usually subcutaneous, they are obvious and can be diagnosed even at very small sizes (1-6 mm).
sup][4] Pseudochromhidrosis occurs when eccrine sweat reacts with dyed clothing, paints, or chromogenic bacteria.
3) TEC includes Burgdorf's Reaction, erythrodysesthesia, acral erythema, toxic acral erythema, eccrine squamous syringometaplasia, epidermal dysmaturation, epidermal dystrophy, hand-foot syndrome, palmar-plantar erythema, palmarplantar dysesthesia, and neutrophilic eccrine hidradenitis.
Benign eccrine poroma is a common tumour and can appear anywhere on the skin.
Human skin is rich with millions of eccrine sweat glands that help your body cool down after a trip to the gym or on a warm day.
6), (7) The human cathelicidin, LL-37, is 37 amino acids in length and is produced constitutively by the epithelia of the respiratory, gastrointestinal and reproductive tracts, as well as by immature neutrophils, monocytes, mast cells, lymphocytes, eccrine and salivary glands.
Other associated lesions were poikiloderma (n=3) (Figure 5), pyogenic granuloma-like lesions (n=1), bullous lesions and erosions (n=1), ulcers (n=2) (Figure 5), eccrine hydrocystoma (n=1), acquired ichthyosis (n=2), cicatricial alopecia (n=3) (Figure 1), vitiligo (n=2), sicca syndrome (n=2), and salivary abnormalities (n=5).
Histopathology revealed a polypoid mass lined with keratinized squamous epithelium overlying thickened fibrovascular tissue containing abortive pilosebaceous units and profiles of eccrine sweat glands and ducts (figure 2).
The medical team diagnosed "idiopathic eccrine hidradenitis"
The eccrine sweat glands (about 75% of the total) are located all over the skin except the lips and a few other small sites are active at birth and release a clear, watery fluid into the skin.
You are constantly sweating through two kinds of sweat glands, eccrine and apocrine.
Focal hyperhidrosis can be caused by Frey's syndrome, eccrine nevus, social anxiety disorder, a neurologic disorder, or a malignancy.