[ap-uh-krin, -krahyn, -kreen]
adjective Physiology.
of or pertaining to certain glands whose secretions are acted upon by bacteria to produce the characteristic odor of perspiration (distinguished from eccrine ).
of or pertaining to such secretions: apocrine sweat.

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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apocrine (ˈæpəkraɪn, -krɪn)
merocrine Compare holocrine denoting a type of glandular secretion in which part of the secreting cell is lost with the secretion, as in mammary glands
[C20: from apo- + -crine, from Greek krinein to separate]

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

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