[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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
C20: from holo- + Greek krinein to separate, decide
holocrine(hŏl′ə-krĭn, -krīn′, -krēn′, hō′lə-)
- Of or relating to a gland whose output consists of disintegrated secretory cells along with the secretory product itself.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.