Holocrine - definition of holocrine by The Free Dictionary
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hol·o·crine (hŏl′ə-krĭn, -krīn′, -krēn′, hō′lə-)
Of or relating to a gland whose output consists of disintegrated secretory cells along with the secretory product itself.
+ Greek krīnein
, to separate
; see endocrine
(Biology) (of the secretion of glands) characterized by disintegration of the entire glandular cell in releasing its product, as in sebaceous glands. Compare merocrine
[C20: from holo- + Greek krinein to separate, decide]
hol•o•crine (ˈhɒl ə krɪn, -ˌkraɪn, ˈhoʊ lə-)
(of a gland) releasing a secretion that is a product of disintegrating cells.
- + -crine
< Greek krinein
a. holocrino-a, rel. a las glándulas secretorias.
References in periodicals archive
It should also be noted that normal sebaceous glands secrete sebum via holocrine
secretion (mature sebocytes die and their remnants form sebum).
Sebum is the product of holocrine
glands in the dermis and is secreted through follicles onto the skin surface [47, 48].
Frog skin with poisonous glands can produce secretions in a holocrine
manner and release complex chemical contents [3-5].
The meibomian gland is a large holocrine
sebaceous gland that requires constant renewal and differentiation of meibomian gland acinar cells [1,21].
Sebaceous glands can be classified as holocrine
or plasma membrane rupture for their secretory process.
The latter author also suggested that in other millipedes the type of secretion may be holocrine
. Sosinka et al.