acinus definition

  • noun:
    • among tiny saclike dilations composing a compound gland.
    • among the small grains or drupelets which can make up some kinds of good fresh fruit, while the blackberry, raspberry, etc.
    • A grape-stone.
    • among the granular masses which constitute a racemose or chemical gland, whilst the pancreas; also, among saccular recesses in the lobules of a racemose gland. - Richard Quain.
    • one of several tiny grains or drupelets which will make up some kinds of fruit, once the blackberry, raspberry, etc.
    • A grapestone.
    • One of the granular masses which constitute a racemose or compound gland, whilst the pancreas; in addition, one of several saccular recesses inside lobules of a racemose gland.
    • In botany: among small drupelets or fruits of an aggregate baccate fruit, as the blackberry, etc., and/or included stone or seed. See cut under Rubus. A grape-stone.
    • In structure: previously, the smallest lobule of a gland, Now, typically, the littlest saccular subdivision of an acinose gland, several of which subdivisions make up a lobule. Also called alveolus. A lobule of liver.
    • among the small sacs or saclike dilations in a compound gland
    • the little drupes making-up an aggregate or several good fresh fruit like a blackberry

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