[ap-uh-krin, -krahyn, -kreen]
- 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
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Word Origin for apocrine
C20: from apo- + -crine, from Greek krinein to separate
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[ăp′ə-krĭn, -krīn′, -krēn′]
- Of or relating to an apocrine gland or its secretions.
- The apocrine gland.
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