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apocrine sweat glands

 

Definition: sudoriferous glands that develop in association with hair follicles and undergo enlargement and secretory development at puberty; they secrete a viscous, odorless sweat that supports bacteria growth leading to production of an acrid odor; secretion is by a merocrine, not apocrine, mechanism.

Synonym(s): axillary sweat glands

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