designating or of the common sweat glands of the human body that secrete the clear, watery sweat important in heat regulation
Origin of eccrine; from Classical Greek ekkrinein, to separate, secrete: see ex- and amp; endocrine
- Relating to an eccrine gland or its secretion, especially sweat.
Origin of eccrineFrom Greek ekkr&imacron;nein, to secrete : ek-, out; see ecto– + kr&imacron;nein, 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”).