Acini

Acinus
Illustrated section of pancreas of dog. X 250. (Alveolus labeled at center top.)
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An acinus (plural, acini; adjective, acinar or acinous) refers to any cluster of cells that resembles a many-lobed "berry", such as a raspberry (acinus is Latin for berry). The 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.

Exocrine glands

Acinar exocrine glands are found in many organs, including:

The thyroid follicles can also be considered of acinar formation but in this case the follicles, being part of an endocrine gland, act as a hormonal deposit rather than to facilitate secretion.
Mucous acini usually stain pale, while serous acini usually stain dark.
The term "acinus" is considered synonymous with alveolus by some sources, but not all.


Lungs

The respiratory bronchioles in the lungs terminate in acini, many-lobed sacs containing groupings of alveoli.

See also

References

External links

  • eMedicine Dictionary
  1. REDIRECT
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