apocrine sweat glands

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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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The device is Food and Drug Administration-approved for thermal treatment of axillary sweat glands, and has been used for about 35,000 such procedures, Dr.
Surgical techniques for treatment of hyperhidrosis include endoscopic transthoracic sympathectomy, excision of axillary sweat glands, and axillary liposuction.