[ek-suh-krin, -krahyn, -kreen]Anatomy, Physiology
  1. an external secretion.
  2. exocrine gland.
Compare endocrine.

Origin of exocrine

1910–15; exo- + -crine < Greek krī́nein to separate
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for exocrine


  1. of or relating to exocrine glands or their secretions
  1. an exocrine gland
Compare endocrine

Word Origin for exocrine

C20: exo- + -crine from Greek krinein to separate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

exocrine in Medicine


[ĕksə-krĭn, -krēn, -krīn′]
  1. Of or relating to a glandular secretion released externally through a duct to a surface.
  2. Relating to a gland that secretes outwardly through a duct or ducts.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.