[hol-uh-krin, -krahyn, hoh-luh-] /ˈhɒl ə krɪn, -ˌkraɪn, ˈhoʊ lə-/

(of a gland) releasing a secretion that is a product of disintegrating cells.
(of a secretion) released by such a gland.
(of the secretion of glands) characterized by disintegration of the entire glandular cell in releasing its product, as in sebaceous glands Compare merocrine, apocrine

holocrine hol·o·crine (hŏl’ə-krĭn, -krīn’, -krēn’, hō’lə-)
Of or relating to a gland whose output consists of disintegrated secretory cells along with the secretory product itself.


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