Dictionary > Merocrine gland

Merocrine gland

Definition
noun, plural: merocrine glands
A type of exocrine gland in which the secretory products are released without resulting any damage to the cell
Supplement
Exocrine glands can be classified according to how their products are released from the secretory cell:

Merocrine glands, such as salivary glands, pancreatic glands, and eccrine sweat glands, are comprised of secretory cells that excrete products through exocytosis (into the epithelial-walled ducts and then to lumen) without causing any damage or loss in the secretory cell.
Word origin: mero– (partial) + krinein (to separate) + gland
Compare:

See also:


You will also like...

Direct and indirect physiologic effects of growth hormone
Animal Growth Hormones

Hormones are produced in the endocrine glands of animals. The pituitary gland and hypothalamus are the most impor..

Ecological Research Measuring & Analysis
Ecological Research: Measuring & Analysis

This lesson is about the methods used for ecological research, such as quadrat and transect sampling, canopy fogging, an..

Plant meristem
Plant Meristems and Growth

In plants, growth occurs in meristems, which are the site of repeated cell division of unspecialized cells. These cells ..

Sensory systems
Sensory Systems

A sensory system is a part of the nervous system consisting of sensory receptors that receive stimuli from the internal ..

An artist depiction of a Precambrian multicellular life form.
The Evolution of Cell Organelles

The nucleus containing the genetic material, DNA, and the mitochondria, well-identified as the "powerhouse of the cell",..

Human gastrointestinal tract
Human Biology – Food and Digestion

This tutorial recognizes the importance of food as a source of energy that will fuel many biological processes. A good d..