apocrine sweat gland


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ap·o·crine sweat gland

(apō-krin swet gland)
Specialized sudoriferous gland located primarily in the armpits, groin, breasts, ears, and eyelids.
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apocrine sweat gland

Any of the sweat glands in the axillae and pubic region that open into hair follicles rather than directly onto the surface of the skin as do eccrine sweat glands. They appear after puberty and are more developed in women than in men. The characteristic odor of perspiration is produced by the action of bacteria on the material secreted by the apocrine sweat glands.
See: sweat gland
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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.
(a) (x40), full-thickness skin showed that sweat gland catheter opened through the epidermis to the skin surface; (b) (x200), subdermal sweat glands are clustered (*) or distributed separately (#); (c) (x400), the secretion portion ([??]) and catheter portion ([??]) of exocrine sweat glands; (d) (x200), apocrine sweat glands.
Hidradenitis suppurativa is a chronic relapsing inflammation of the apocrine sweat glands, affecting an estimated 1-4% of the world population.
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.
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.