Definition of eccrine in English:



  • Relating to or denoting multicellular glands which do not lose cytoplasm in their secretions, especially the sweat glands.

    Compare with apocrine
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The sweat from the apocrine glands is thicker than that produced by the eccrine glands.’
    • ‘Physiological sweating from cutaneous eccrine glands maintains normothermia and skin hydration.’


1930s: from Greek ekkrinein secrete, from ek- out + krinein sift, separate.