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Wednesday 14 June 2017

acinus ; plural, acini; adjective, acinar or acinous)


Definition: An acinus refers to any cluster of cells that resembles a many-lobed "berry", such as a raspberry (acinus is Latin for "berry").

This berry-shaped termination of an exocrine gland, where the secretion is produced, is acinar in form, as is the alveolar sac containing multiple alveoli in the lungs.


- mucous acini

Localisation - Examples

- salivary acini
- sinonasal acini
- bronchial acini
- pancreatic acini