acin-, acini- +
(Latin: grape, grapes in a cluster)
acinic (adjective) (not comparable)
Referring to one of the small saclike parts of a compound gland: Less than 1% of malignancies originating in the lower respiratory tract are acinic cell carcinomas.
aciniform (adjective), more aciniform, most aciniform
Referring to something shaped similarly to a bunch of grapes: An aciniform structure describes the formation of an acinus.
acinitis (s) (noun) (no pl)
Inflammation of the acini of a gland: Mrs. Timmons was told by her doctor that the irritation and soreness she experienced was caused by a case of acinitis and that it should be treated in hospital.
acinose, acinous (adjective) (not comparable)
Referring to something consisting of acini, or minute granular concretions as in acinose or acinous glands: Acinose glands are those that compose the concentration of many tiny grainy secretory organs.
Acinous glands resemble a grape-shaped structure.
acinotubular (adjective) (not comparable)
Descriptive of a gland consisting of tubelike acini: Acinotubular glands are those that have elongated secretory parts or elements.
acinus (s) (noun), acini (pl)
A general term used in anatomical nomenclature to designate a small saclike dilatation: Acini are granular masses of a compound gland as in the pancreas or in the lungs.
Minute granular concretions comprise the structures of the acinus.
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