Secreting by discharge of the contents of the cell, as in mucous cells. [G. ptyo, to spit out, + krino, to separate]

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pty·oc·ri·nous (ti-okґrĭ-nəs) [Gr. ptyon a winnowing shovel, or fan + krinein to separate] elaborating secretion in the form of granules that are eventually extruded; said of unicellular glands such as goblet cells that secrete in this way. Cf. diacrinous.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • diacrinous — Excreting by simple passage through a gland cell. [G. diakrino, to separate one from another] * * * di·ac·ri·nous (di akґrĭ nəs) [Gr. diakrinein to separate] giving off secretion directly, as from a filter; said of gland cells, as those …   Medical dictionary

  • goblet cell — gob·let cell gäb lət n a mucus secreting epithelial cell (as of columnar epithelium) that is distended with secretion or its precursors at the free end * * * a column shaped secretory cell found in the epithelium of the respiratory and intestinal …   Medical dictionary

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