One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or denoting multicellular glands which do not lose cytoplasm in their secretions, especially the sweat glands.Compare with apocrine
- ‘Physiological sweating from cutaneous eccrine glands maintains normothermia and skin hydration.’
- ‘The sweat from the apocrine glands is thicker than that produced by the eccrine glands.’
- ‘Palmoplantar hyperhidrosis is a common condition in which the eccrine glands of the palms and soles secrete inappropriately large quantities of sweat.’
- ‘Histologically, they have a central plate composed of immature elastic cartilage and are surrounded by adipose tissue, hair follicles, pilosebaceous units, and eccrine glands.’
- ‘A newly described variant of superficial lipoma, adenolipoma, is characterized by the presence of eccrine sweat glands in the fatty tumor; this type is often located on the proximal parts of the limbs.’
1930s: from Greek ekkrinein ‘secrete’, from ek- ‘out’ + krinein ‘sift, separate’.
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