designating a type of glandular secretion in which part of the secreting cell is thrown off along with the secretion, as a type of sweat with a strong odor from large, deep glands in the armpit and anal areas
Origin of apocrine; from apo- + Classical Greek krinein, to separate: see crisis
Relating to a type of glandular secretion in which the apical portion of the secreting cell is released along with the secretory products.
Origin of apocrineProbably from Greek apokr&imacron;nein, to set apart : apo-, apo- + kr&imacron;nein, to separate; see krei- in Indo-European roots.
- Of or pertaining to an apocrine gland, or to its secretions.