apocrine

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Apocrine secretion
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From apo- (away from) +‎ Ancient Greek κρίνω (krínō, to separate).

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apocrine (not comparable)

  1. (anatomy, biology, histology) Of or pertaining to an apocrine gland or to its mode of secretion, which involves the budding of portions of the secreting cells.
    • 2001, Paul Peter Rosen, Rosen's Breast Pathology, page 97,
      They observed that apocrine metaplasia often was present in breasts with other "noncancerous proliferative lesions," but they found no significant difference in the frequency of apocrine metaplasia between "cancerous and noncancerous breasts."
    • 2003, Marton Lanyi, Mammography: Diagnosis and Morphological Analysis, page 64,
      Lobular cysts as well as micro- and macrocysts are very often lined to a variable extent by apocrine epithelium. Pathologists call this condition apocrine metaplasia, meaning a transformation of the normal epithelial cells into sweat-gland-like cells similar to those found in the apocrine glands of the vulva, eyelid, and external auditory canal.
    • 2011, Jivko A. Kamarashev, 3.2.1: Tumours with Apocrine and Eccrine Differentiation, Reinhard Dummer, Mark R. Pittelkow, Keiji Iwatsuki, Adèle Green, Nagwa M. Elwan (editors), Skin Cancer - A World-Wide Perspective, page 128,
      Apocrine glands are distributed throughout the body but are present in greatest abundance in the axilla, followed by the anogenital region.

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apocrine

  1. feminine plural of apocrino

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