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exocrine Syllabification: ex·o·crine
Pronunciation: /ˈeksəˌkrin/

Definition of exocrine in English:


Relating to or denoting glands that secrete their products through ducts opening onto an epithelium rather than directly into the bloodstream. Often contrasted with endocrine.
Example sentences
  • In a separate but related system, exocrine tissues secrete their products into ducts and then to the outside of the body or to the intestinal tract.
  • Pancreatic juice, an exocrine secretion, is vital for digestion.
  • Cystic fibrosis, a chronic genetic disorder that affects the exocrine glands, results in the production of excessive, thick mucus that obstructs the gastrointestinal tract and the lungs.


Early 20th century: from exo- 'outside' + Greek krinein 'sift'.

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