apocrine sweat glands


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Related to apocrine sweat glands: Eccrine sweat glands

ap·o·crine sweat glands

sudoriferous glands that develop in association with hair follicles and undergo enlargement and secretory development at puberty; they secrete a viscous, odorless sweat that supports bacteria growth leading to production of an acrid odor; secretion is by a merocrine, not apocrine, mechanism.
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Hormones are involved in the control of apocrine sweat glands and certainly play a part in the disease.
PHEROMONES are hormonal substances released into the air from the apocrine sweat glands in the armpits and groin.
This sweat doesn't smell but in hairier areas, such as the armpits and groin, there are apocrine sweat glands which release a different sweat.
This sweat doesn't smell but in hairier areas, such as the armpits and groin, the reare apocrine sweat glands which release stronger sweat.
A dog's nose is unique because it lacks what are called apocrine sweat glands which is why it doesn't become wet naturally.