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[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.
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Origin of eccrine

1925–30; < Greek ekkrī́nein to secrete (see eccrinology), as if with -ine1; cf. apocrine, endocrine
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British Dictionary definitions for eccrine


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