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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Immunohistological pointers to a possible role for excessive cathelicidin (LL-37) expression by apocrine sweat glands in the pathogenesis of hidradenitis suppurativa / acne inversa.
The composition of the apocrine sweat glands was the same as that of the exocrine sweat glands, but the glandular glands were larger.
Hidradenitis suppurativa is a chronic relapsing inflammation of the apocrine sweat glands, affecting an estimated 1-4% of the world population.
Because lesions typically are found in anatomic areas rich in apocrine sweat glands, hidradenitis suppurativa--as the name implies--was thought to be a disease characterized by apocrine gland dysfunction.
DISCUSSION: Ceruminous glands are modified apocrine sweat glands limited to outer 1/3 of external auditory canal.
Ceruminous adenoma, also called ceruminoma, ceruminal adenorna, apocrine adenoma, or even cylindroma in the past (the latter three terms are discouraged) is a benign glandular neoplasm of ceruminous glands (modified apocrine sweat glands) that arises solely from the external auditory canal.
The dermis and hypodermis were easily distinguishable and the latter include scanty apocrine sweat glands.
Hormones are involved in the control of apocrine sweat glands and certainly play a part in the disease.
The less numerous apocrine sweat glands form around hair follicles and are the ones responsible for the stench.
The apocrine sweat glands are responsible for the 'smelly' sweat but this is also part of your unique individual odour and ironically although you may worry about it, this is what attracts potential mates to you through the release of pheromones.
Humans may very well be predisposed to eroticising feet because feet have apocrine sweat glands, the same type of pheromone-producing sweat glands shared by armpits and the genital region.
PHEROMONES are hormonal substances released into the air from the apocrine sweat glands in the armpits and groin.