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a gland the secretion of which consists of disintegrated cells of the gland itself, for example, a sebaceous gland, in contrast to a merocrine gland.
holocrine/holo·crine/ (ho´lo-krin) exhibiting glandular secretion in which the entire secretory cell laden with its secretory products is cast off.
holocrine(hŏl′ə-krĭn, -krīn′, -krēn′, hō′lə-)
Of or relating to a gland whose output consists of disintegrated secretory cells along with the secretory product itself.
Etymology: Gk, holos, whole, krienein, to secrete
pertaining to the secretion of a gland or the gland itself as well as the accumulated gland secretions.
hol·o·crine gland(hol'ō-krin gland)
A gland with secretion that consists of disintegrated cells of the gland itself, e.g., a sebaceous gland, in contrast to a merocrine gland.
holocrinePertaining to a gland whose secretion is a breakdown product of the gland's own lining cells. A sebaceous gland is a holocrine gland.
- (of a form of cell digestion, particularly in insects) characterized by self-disintegration to produce the digestive fluid.
- (of gland secretion) characterized by self-disintegration in releasing its product, as in sebaceous glands.
wholly secretory; that type of glandular secretion in which the entire cell forms the secreted matter of the gland, as in the sebaceous glands; cf. apocrine and merocrine.