apocrine /ˈapəkrʌɪn, ˈapəkrɪn/

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I. adjective


[Physiology] relating to or denoting multicellular glands which release some of their cytoplasm in their secretions, especially the sweat glands associated with hair follicles in the armpits and pubic regions.

Compare with eccrine.
– origin early 20th cent.: from apo- + Greek krinein ‘to separate’.

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