autocrine

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autocrine

 [aw´to-krin]
denoting a mode of hormone action in which a hormone binds to receptors on and affects the function of the same cell that produced it.

au·to·crine

(aw'tō-krin),
Denoting self-stimulation through cellular production of a factor and a specific receptor for it.
[auto- + G. krinō, to separate]

autocrine

(ô′tō-krĭn′)
adj.
Relating to the release of chemical substances from endocrine cells that bind to receptors on the same cell that produces them.

autocrine

adjective Referring to a substance (e.g., a growth factor) produced by a cell which stimulates its own secretion.

au·to·crine

(aw'tō-krin)
Denoting self-stimulation through cellular production of a factor and a specific receptor for it.
[auto- + G. krinō, to separate]

autocrine

1. Of a substance secreted by a cell and released into the extracellular fluid, that then acts on the cell.
2. Of a cell responding to such chemical messengers.