[ hol-uh-krin, -krahyn, hoh-luh- ]
/ ˈhɒl ə krɪn, -ˌkraɪn, ˈhoʊ lə- /
(of a gland) releasing a secretion that is a product of disintegrating cells.
(of a secretion) released by such a gland.
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Origin of holocrine
1900–05; holo- + -crine<Greek krī́nein to separate
Words nearby holocrine
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British Dictionary definitions for holocrine
/ (ˈhɒləkrɪn) /
Word Origin for holocrine
C20: from holo- + Greek krinein to separate, decide
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Medical definitions for 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.
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