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ap·o·crine(ap'ō-krin), Its definition notwithstanding, the etymology of this word is unrelated to apex.
See also: apocrine gland.
apocrine/apo·crine/ (ap´o-krin) exhibiting that type of glandular secretion in which the free end of the secreting cell is cast off along with the secretory products accumulated therein (e.g., mammary and sweat glands).
apocrine(ăp′ə-krĭn, -krīn′, -krēn′)
apocrineReferring to a type of exocrine secretion, as seen in aprocrine cells in the mammary gland, where lipid-rich droplets are enveloped by the apical plasma membrane.
See also: apocrine gland
apocrinePertaining to glands that give off some of their intracellular contents as part of their secretion.
adrenal gland endocrine gland located at superior pole of each kidney, secreting catecholamines (from medulla) and adrenocorticoid hormones (from cortex)
apocrine gland axilla and genital skin glands, whose secretion is formed by degradation of secretory cells
eccrine gland gland producing a simple fluid secretion, e.g. sweat glands
endocrine gland gland whose secretions are absorbed directly into blood, e.g. pancreas islet cells
exocrine gland gland whose secretion reaches a body surface via ducts
holocrine gland gland whose secretion is formed by cell degradation
lymph gland see nodes lymph
parathyroid gland parathormone-secreting endocrine glands, located within poles of the thyroid
pituitary gland see pituitary
sebaceous gland sebum-secreting holocrine gland within the hair follicle
thyroid gland see thyroid