from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Relating to a type of glandular secretion in which the apical portion of the secreting cell is released along with the secretory products.

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to an apocrine gland, or to its secretions

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  • adj. (of exocrine glands) producing a secretion in which part of the secreting cell is released with the secretion


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Probably from Greek apokrīnein, to set apart : apo-, apo- + krīnein, to separate.


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