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

  • adj. Relating to an eccrine gland or its secretion, especially sweat.
  • adj. Exocrine.

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  • adj. pertaining to a certain type of sweat gland
  • adj. pertaining to sweat
  • adj. exocrine

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  • adj. (of exocrine glands) producing a clear aqueous secretion without releasing part of the secreting cell; important in regulating body temperature


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

From Greek ekkrīnein, to secrete : ek-, out; see ecto- + krīnein, to separate; see krei- in Indo-European roots.

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From Ancient Greek ἐκκρίνω (ekkrīnō, "to separate")


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