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apocrine vs. eccrine
apocrine vs. eccrine: What's the difference?
Apocrine and eccrine are both types of sweat glands. Eccrine glands are found all over the body and secrete a thin, watery sweat that cools the skin. Apocrine glands are found in the armpits and perineal areas, and are attached to hair follicles. The latter secrete a thicker sweat, which is acted on by bacteria to produce the all-too-familiar “sweat smell."
[ ap-uh-krin, -krahyn, -kreen ]
- of or relating to certain glands whose secretions are acted upon by bacteria to produce the characteristic odor of perspiration (distinguished from eccrine).
- of or relating to such secretions: apocrine sweat.
[ ek-rin, -rahyn, -reen ]