[ek-rin, -rahyn, -reen]
adjective Physiology.
  1. of or relating to certain sweat glands, distributed over the entire body, that secrete a type of sweat important for regulating body heat (distinguished from apocrine).
  2. of or relating to secretions of these glands: eccrine sweat.
  3. exocrine.

Origin of eccrine

1925–30; < Greek ekkrī́nein to secrete (see eccrinology), as if with -ine1; cf. apocrine, endocrine Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for eccrine


  1. of or denoting glands that secrete externally, esp the numerous sweat glands on the human bodyCompare apocrine

Word Origin for eccrine

from Greek ekkrinein to secrete, from ek- ec- + krinein to separate
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eccrine in Medicine


[ĕkrĭn, -rīn′, -rēn′]
  1. Relating to an eccrine gland or its secretion, as of sweat.
  2. Exocrine.
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