holocrine

holocrine

[hol-uh-krin, -krahyn, hoh-luh-]
adjective
1.
(of a gland) releasing a secretion that is a product of disintegrating cells.
2.
(of a secretion) released by such a gland.

Origin:
1900–05; holo- + -crine < Greek krī́nein to separate

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holocrine (ˈhɒləkrɪn)
 
adj
merocrine Compare apocrine (of the secretion of glands) characterized by disintegration of the entire glandular cell in releasing its product, as in sebaceous glands
 
[C20: from holo- + Greek krinein to separate, decide]

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holocrine hol·o·crine (hŏl'ə-krĭn, -krīn', -krēn', hō'lə-)
adj.
Of or relating to a gland whose output consists of disintegrated secretory cells along with the secretory product itself.

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