/ (ˈmɛrəˌkraɪn, -krɪn) /


(of the secretion of glands) characterized by formation of the product without undergoing disintegrationCompare holocrine, apocrine


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Word Origin for merocrine

C20: from mero- + Greek krinein to separate
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Medical definitions for merocrine

[ mĕrə-krĭn, -krīn′, -krēn′ ]


Of or relating to a gland whose secretory cells remain undamaged during secretion.
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