apocrine sweat gland


Any of numerous sweat glands found primarily in the skin of the armpit, pubic region, and areolae of the breasts that produce a secretion that is more viscous than that formed by the eccrine glands. Secretions from these glands occur most frequently during periods of emotional stress or sexual excitement.

Nearby words

  1. apocrine adenoma,
  2. apocrine carcinoma,
  3. apocrine chromesthesia,
  4. apocrine gland,
  5. apocrine metaplasia,
  6. apocrypha,
  7. apocryphal,
  8. apocryphal gospels,
  9. apocynaceous,
  10. apocynthion

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