Definition of Acinus

1. Noun. One of the small drupes making up an aggregate or multiple fruit like a blackberry.

Generic synonyms: Drupelet
Derivative terms: Acinar



2. Noun. One of the small sacs or saclike dilations in a compound gland.
Group relationships: Gland, Secreter, Secretor, Secretory Organ
Generic synonyms: Sac
Derivative terms: Acinar, Acinic, Acinous

Definition of Acinus

1. n. One of the small grains or drupelets which make up some kinds of fruit, as the blackberry, raspberry, etc.

Definition of Acinus

1. Noun. (botany) One of the small grains or drupelets which make up some kinds of fruit, as the blackberry, raspberry, etc. ¹

2. Noun. (botany) A grape-stone. ¹

3. Noun. (anatomy) One of the granular masses which constitute a racemose or compound gland, as the pancreas; also, one of the saccular recesses in the lobules of a racemose gland. - Richard Quain. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Acinus

1. a small, saclike division of a gland [n -NI] : ACINAR, ACINIC, ACINOSE, ACINOUS [adj]

Medical Definition of Acinus

1. Origin: L, grape, grapestone. 1. One of the small grains or drupelets which make up some kinds of fruit, as the blackberry, raspberry, etc. A grapestone. 2. One of the granular masses which constitute a racemose or compound gland, as the pancreas; also, one of the saccular recesses in the lobules of a racemose gland. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Acinus

acing
acini
acinic
acinic cell adenocarcinoma
acinic cell carcinoma
aciniform
acinitis
acinose
acinote
acinotubular
acinotubular gland
acinous
acinous carcinoma
acinous cell
acinous gland
acinus (current term)
acipenser
acipenserine
acipimox
acise
acises
acitretin
aciurgies
aciurgy
acivicin
ack-ack
ack-ack gun
ack-acks
ackee
ackee poisoning

Literary usage of Acinus

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1. Obstetrics, the science and the art by Charles Delucena Meigs (1867)
"... that each Graafian follicle is a cast- off acinus of the stroma, carrying away in its fall an endowment of vital force rendered complete and generic by ..."

2. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by The American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1913)
"30 (36116) the acinus is formed by hyperplastic cells of the outer row. ... In the center of the acinus the detritus of disintegrated cells is seen. ..."

3. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1901)
"The lower acinus passes towards the thoracic ganglion. Occasionally an acinus becomes bifid at a short distance from its termination. ..."

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