of or relating to certain glands whose secretions are acted upon by bacteria to produce the characteristic odor of perspiration (distinguished from ).
of or relating to such secretions:
denoting a type of glandular secretion in which part of the secreting cell is lost with the secretion, as in mammary glands Compare merocrine, holocrine
apocrine ap·o·crine (āp’ə-krĭn, -krīn’, -krēn’)
Of or relating to an apocrine gland or its secretions. n.
The apocrine gland.
- Apocrine adenoma
apocrine adenoma apocrine adenoma n. See papillary hidradenoma.
- Apocrine chromesthesia
apocrine chromesthesia apocrine chromesthesia n. The excretion of colored sweat, usually black, from apocrine glands of the face.
- Apocrine carcinoma
apocrine carcinoma apocrine carcinoma n. A carcinoma composed predominantly of anaplastic cells resembling those of apocrine epithelium, often found in the breast. A carcinoma of the apocrine glands.
- Apocrine gland
apocrine gland apocrine gland n. A coiled, tubular gland whose secretory cells accumulate their products on their apical surfaces that are then pinched off to become the secretion, as in the mammary glands. Apocrine sweat gland.