Apocrine gland. Definition

Medical Definition: Apocrine gland

Type of gland found in the skin, breast, eyelid and ear. The apocrine glands of the breasts secrete tiny droplets of fat in breast milk and the ears help in the formation of earwax. The apocrine glands of the eyelid skin and sweat glands. Most of the apocrine glands of the skin are in the armpits, the English and the area around the nipples. The apocrine glands of the skin and release scents, usually, their secretions are odorless. Another type of gland (eccrine gland or simple sweat glands) produces most sweat.

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