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apocrine

[ap-uh-krin, -krahyn, -kreen] /ˈæp ə krɪn, -ˌkraɪn, -ˌkrin/
adjective, Physiology
1.
of or pertaining to certain glands whose secretions are acted upon by bacteria to produce the characteristic odor of perspiration (distinguished from eccrine).
2.
of or pertaining to such secretions:
apocrine sweat.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; < Greek apokrī́nein to set apart, equivalent to apo- apo- + krī́nein to separate, choose; formed as if with -ine1, probably on the model of endocrine
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British Dictionary definitions for apocrine

apocrine

/ˈæpəkraɪn; -krɪn/
adjective
1.
denoting a type of glandular secretion in which part of the secreting cell is lost with the secretion, as in mammary glands Compare merocrine, holocrine
Word Origin
C20: from apo- + -crine, from Greek krinein to separate
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apocrine in Medicine

apocrine ap·o·crine (āp'ə-krĭn, -krīn', -krēn')
adj.
Of or relating to an apocrine gland or its secretions. n.
The apocrine gland.

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