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[ap-uh-krin, -krahyn, -kreen] /ˈæp ə krɪn, -ˌkraɪn, -ˌkrin/
adjective, Physiology.
of or relating to certain glands whose secretions are acted upon by bacteria to produce the characteristic odor of perspiration (distinguished from eccrine).
of or relating to such secretions:
apocrine sweat.
Origin of apocrine
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 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for apocrine


/ˈæpəkraɪn; -krɪn/
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')
Of or relating to an apocrine gland or its secretions. n.
The apocrine gland.

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