One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or denoting multicellular glands that do not lose cytoplasm in their secretions, especially the sweat glands found widely distributed on the skin.Compare with apocrine
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
1930s: from Greek ekkrinein ‘secrete’, from ek- ‘out’ + krinein ‘sift, separate’.
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