Anat. one of the small sacs of a compound or racemose gland
Origin of acinusModL: see aciniform
One of the small saclike dilations composing a compound gland.
Origin of acinusLatin berry
- a·cin′ic ac′i·nous
- (botany) One of the small grains or drupelets which make up some kinds of fruit, as the blackberry, raspberry, etc.
- (botany) A grape-stone.
- (anatomy) One of the granular masses which constitute a racemose or compound gland, as the pancreas; also, one of the saccular recesses in the lobules of a racemose gland. - Richard Quain.
From Latin acinus (“grape, grape-stone”).