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Section of pancreas of dog. X 250. (Alveolus labeled at center top.)
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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1] Phone:617-632-7753

An acinus (adjective: acinar, plural acini) refers to the berry-shaped termination of an exocrine gland, where the secretion is produced.

They are found in many organs, including:

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.

human acinar cells

See also


  1. Histology at OU 51_07 - pyloric stomach
  2. Histology at OU 46_03 - sublingual gland
  3. Histology at Boston University 10405loa

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