Definition of apocrine in English:



  • Relating to or denoting multicellular glands which release some of their cytoplasm in their secretions, especially the sweat glands associated with hair follicles in the armpits and pubic regions.

    • ‘The human body contains two types of sweat glands - apocrine and eccrine.’
    • ‘The smell is made by the bacteria that feed on this sweat, which comes from the apocrine glands in the armpits and groin area.’
    • ‘Around puberty, our apocrine glands kick into action, releasing thick secretions into hair follicles.’
    • ‘Or maybe you should just consult a physician to get your eccrine and apocrine glands examined.’
    • ‘For example, tumors may show follicular, eccrine, sebaceous, or apocrine differentiation.’


Early 20th century from apo- + Greek krinein ‘to separate’.



/ˈapəkrʌɪn/ /ˈapəkrɪn/