designating or of the common sweat glands of the human body that secrete the clear, watery sweat important in heat regulation
Origin of eccrinefrom Classical Greek ekkrinein, to separate, secrete: see ex- and endocrine
- Relating to an eccrine gland or its secretion, especially sweat.
Origin of eccrineFrom Greek ekkrīnein to secrete ek- out ; see ecto- . krīnein to separate ; see krei- in Indo-European roots.
As a synonym of merocrine, eccrine applies specifically to sweat glands and their secretions.
From Ancient Greek ἐκκρίνω (ekkrīnō, “to separate”).