Meaning of APOCRINE in English


/ap"euh krin, -kruyn', -kreen'/ , adj. Physiol.

1. of or pertaining to certain glands whose secretions are acted upon by bacteria to produce the characteristic odor of perspiration (distinguished from eccrine ).

2. of or pertaining to such secretions: apocrine sweat.

[ 1925-30; apokrínein to set apart, equiv. to apo- APO- + krínein to separate, choose; formed as if with -INE 1 , prob. on the model of ENDOCRINE ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .