Apocrine is a term used to classify
exocrine glandsin the study of histology. Cells which are classified as apocrine bud their secretions off through the plasma membrane producing membrane bound vesicles in the lumen.
Examples of an apocrine gland include:
* the lactating
cerumen("wax") of the outer ear
The structures that are usually called "
apocrine sweat glands" actually secrete in a merocrinefashion.
* [http://www.lab.anhb.uwa.edu.au/mb140/CorePages/Epithelia/Epithel.htm#Secretory Diagram at uwa.edu.au]
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