holocrine [hol-uh-krin, -krahyn, hoh-luh-] Word Origin adjective
- (of a gland) releasing a secretion that is a product of disintegrating cells.
- (of a secretion) released by such a gland.
Origin of holocrine 1900–05;+ -crine Greek krī́nein to separate British Dictionary definitions for holocrine holocrine adjective
- (of the secretion of glands) characterized by disintegration of the entire glandular cell in releasing its product, as in sebaceous glandsCompare ,
Word Origin for holocrine C20: from holo- + Greek krinein to separate, decide holocrine in Medicine holocrine [hŏl′ə-krĭn, -krīn′, -krēn′, hō′lə-] adj.
- Of or relating to a gland whose output consists of disintegrated secretory cells along with the secretory product itself.