- Botany. one of the small drupelets or berries of an aggregate, baccate fruit, as the blackberry.
- a berry, as a grape or currant.
- a minute rounded lobule.
- the smallest secreting portion of a gland.
Origin of acinus
Examples from the Web for acini
Historical Examples of acini
The centres of the acini showed parenchymatous and fatty degeneration.Plague
Thomas Wright Jackson
The acini surrounded with a dense, cellular texture, paler than themselves; 2.
Those of the vena portæ spread around the acini, or granulations of the liver; and 4.
The glands of Lieberkhn elongate, the number of acini increases, and the contained cells multiply.
The acini are imbedded in a mass of adipose tissue which contains the vessels and nerves.
- anatomy any of the terminal saclike portions of a compound gland
- botany any of the small drupes that make up the fruit of the blackberry, raspberry, etc
- botany obsolete a collection of berries, such as a bunch of grapes
Word Origin for acinus
- Any of several minute grape-shaped secretory portions of an acinous gland.