exocrine

exocrine
1. Denoting glandular secretion delivered to an apical or luminal surface. SYN: eccrine (1). 2. Denoting a gland that secretes outwardly through excretory ducts. [exo- + G. krino, to separate]

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exo·crine 'ek-sə-krən, -.krīn, -.krēn adj producing, being, or relating to a secretion that is released outside its source <\exocrine pancreatic cells> <\exocrine functions> <\exocrine insufficiency>

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exo·crine (ekґso-krin) [exo- + Gr. krinein to separate] 1. secreting outwardly via a duct, as opposed to. endocrine (q.v.). 2. denoting such a gland or its secretion. See also under gland.

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