Exocrine gland

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Exocrine gland
Latinglandula exocrina
CodeTH H2.00.02.0.03014
Anatomical terminology
 
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Exocrine gland
Latinglandula exocrina
CodeTH H2.00.02.0.03014
Anatomical terminology

Exocrine glands are glands of the exocrine system that secrete their essential product by way of a duct to some environment external to itself, either inside the body or on a surface of the body. Exocrine glands are one of two types of glands in the human body, the other being endocrine glands, which secrete their products directly into the bloodstream. Examples of exocrine glands include the sweat glands, salivary glands, mammary glands, and liver.

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By structure[edit]

Exocrine glands contain a glandular portion and a duct portion, the structures of which can be used to classify the gland.

By method of excretion[edit]

Exocrine glands are named apocrine glands, holocrine glands, or merocrine glands based on how their products are excreted.

By product excreted[edit]

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