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acinus

 [as´ĭ-nus] (pl. a´cini) (L.)
any of the smallest lobules of a compound gland.
liver acinus the smallest functional unit of the liver, a mass of liver parenchyma that is supplied by terminal branches of the portal vein and hepatic artery and drained by a terminal branch of the bile duct.
 Liver acinus: Hepatic lobules are represented by hexagons (solid lines); liver acinus is represented by rhombus (dotted line). From Dorland's, 2000.
pulmonary acinus terminal respiratory unit.

ac·i·nus

, gen. and pl.

ac·i·ni

(as'i-nŭs, -nī), [MIM*604562]
One of the minute grape-shaped secretory portions of an acinous gland. Some authorities use the terms acinus and alveolus interchangeably, whereas others differentiate them by the constricted openings of the acinus into the excretory duct.
[L. berry, grape]

acinus

(ăs′ə-nəs)
n. pl. aci·ni (-nī′)
One of the small saclike dilations composing a compound gland.

a·cin′ic (ə-sĭn′ĭk), ac′i·nous adj.

acinus

A small, sac-like out-pouching of a compound gland, as in the breast, pancreas, salivary glands and thyroid.

Lung
A sub-segmental lung structure which, with the primary pulmonary lobule, is the smallest unit of lung tissue. It consists of a terminal bronchiole and the lung parenchyma that arises from it.

Acinus

A subsegmental lung structure which, with the primary pulmonary lobule, is the smallest unit of lung tissue. It consists of a terminal bronchiole and the lung parenchyma that arises from it

ac·i·nus

, pl. acini (as'i-nŭs, -nī) [TA]
One of the minute grape-shaped secretory portions of an acinous gland. Some authorities use the terms acinus and alveolus interchangeably, whereas others differentiate them by the constricted openings of the acinus into the excretory duct.
[L. berry, grape]

acinus

1. The part of the air passage of the lung beyond each of the smallest (terminal) bronchioles. There are about 12,000 acini in each lung. The lung ALVEOLI arise from the acini.
2. Any terminal sac-like process of a compound gland.

acinus

the terminal sac of an alveolar gland. The gland has a multicellular structure with sac-shaped secreting units. In the pancreas, acinar cells secrete the PANCREATIC JUICE.

ac·i·nus

, pl. acini (as'i-nŭs, -nī) [TA] [MIM*604562]
One of the minute grape-shaped secretory portions of an acinous gland.
[L. berry, grape]