exocrine

[ek-suh-krin, -krahyn, -kreen]Anatomy, Physiology

adjective

secreting to an epithelial surface.
of or relating to an exocrine gland or its secretion.

noun

an external secretion.

Compare endocrine.

Origin of exocrine

1910–15; exo- + -crine < Greek krī́nein to separate
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British Dictionary definitions for exocrine

exocrine

adjective

of or relating to exocrine glands or their secretions

noun

an exocrine gland
Compare endocrine

Word Origin for exocrine

C20: exo- + -crine from Greek krinein to separate
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exocrine in Medicine

exocrine

[ĕksə-krĭn, -krēn, -krīn′]

adj.

Of or relating to a glandular secretion released externally through a duct to a surface.
Relating to a gland that secretes outwardly through a duct or ducts.
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