[hol-uh-krin, -krahyn, hoh-luh-]


(of a gland) releasing a secretion that is a product of disintegrating cells.
(of a secretion) released by such a gland.

Origin of holocrine

1900–05; holo- + -crine < Greek krī́nein to separate
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British Dictionary definitions for holocrine



(of the secretion of glands) characterized by disintegration of the entire glandular cell in releasing its product, as in sebaceous glandsCompare merocrine, apocrine

Word Origin for holocrine

C20: from holo- + Greek krinein to separate, decide
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Medicine definitions for holocrine


[hŏlə-krĭn, -krīn′, -krēn′, hōlə-]


Of or relating to a gland whose output consists of disintegrated secretory cells along with the secretory product itself.
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