Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Apocrine Sweat Gland

Type of sweat gland that is associated with a hair follicle, found in greatest concentrations in the axilla, groin, and around the nipples. Apocrine glands become active at puberty; they respond during emotional stress or sexual arousal. Their secretions are sebaceous, i.e. rich in lipids and proteins and other parts of the secreting cells.

Cf. eccrine sweat gland.

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