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merocrine

 [mer´o-krin]
partly secreting: denoting that type of glandular secretion in which the secreting cell remains intact throughout the process of formation and discharge of the secretory products, as in the salivary and pancreatic glands. See also apocrine and holocrine.

mer·o·crine gland

a gland that releases only an acellular secretory product, in contrast to a holocrine gland.

merocrine

(mĕr′ə-krĭn, -krīn′, -krēn′)
adj.
Of or relating to a gland whose secretory cells remain undamaged during secretion.
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Milk secretion in cow's udders is of the merocrine type, but in goats and possibly sheep (but research is lacking), it is of the apocrine type.
The secretory mechanism is described as apocrine in Panulirus argus (Travis, 1992), merocrine or apocrine in Caridina laevis (Pillai, 1992) and holocrine in P.
The cow, with its merocrine system--the milk is discharged without major damage to the secreting cells--doesn't produce milk with these particles.
Ultrastructural observation suggesting merocrine secretion in the initial segment of the mammalian epididymis.