noun, plural ac·i·ni [as-uh-nahy]. /ˈæs əˌnaɪ/.
- a minute rounded lobule.
- the smallest secreting portion of a gland.
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Origin of acinus
OTHER WORDS FROM acinusac·i·nar [as-uh-ner, -nahr], /ˈæs ə nər, -ˌnɑr/, a·cin·ic [uh-sin-ik], /əˈsɪn ɪk/, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for acinus
Edema occurs frequently, the fluid in the acini often containing red blood-cells.Scurvy Past and Present|Alfred Fabian Hess
The acini surrounded with a dense, cellular texture, paler than themselves; 2.
Acini: granulations, like those on a blackberry: the terminal secreting tubes of glands.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology|John. B. Smith
The liver was softer than natural, and exhibited a notable yellowishness in the centre of the acini.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection|Alexander Wynter Blyth
The glands of Lieberkhn elongate, the number of acini increases, and the contained cells multiply.