Merocrine | definition of merocrine by Medical dictionary
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partly secreting: denoting that type of glandular secretion in which the secreting cell remains intact throughout the process of formation and discharge of the secretory products, as in the salivary and pancreatic glands. See also apocrine
a gland that releases only an acellular secretory product, in contrast to a holocrine gland.
merocrine /mero·crine/ (mer´o-krin) discharging only the secretory product and maintaining the secretory cell intact (e.g., salivary glands, pancreas).
merocrine (mĕr′ə-krĭn, -krīn′, -krēn′)
Of or relating to a gland whose secretory cells remain undamaged during secretion.
partly secreting; denoting that type of glandular secretion in which the secreting cell remains intact throughout the process of formation and discharge of the secretory products, as in the salivary and pancreatic glands; see also apocrine
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In general, exocrine glands are classified into unicellular and multicellular glands according to the number of composition cells, and they can be divided further into holocrine glands and merocrine
glands depending on their patterns of secretion (Kurosumi et al.
Milk secretion in cow's udders is of the merocrine
type, but in goats and possibly sheep (but research is lacking), it is of the apocrine type.
Ultrastructural observation suggesting merocrine
secretion in the initial segment of the mammalian epididymis.