[ 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
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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 glandsCompare merocrine, holocrine

Word Origin for apocrine

C20: from apo- + -crine, from Greek krinein to separate
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Medical definitions for apocrine

[ ăpə-krĭn, -krīn′, -krēn′ ]


Of or relating to an apocrine gland or its secretions.


The apocrine gland.
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