Integumentary System

Accessory Glands

What are the two types of sweat glands?

The two types of sweat glands, also called sudoriferous glands, are eccrine and apocrine glands. Eccrine glands, which are found all over the body and are far more numerous, produce sweat. Sweat is a clear secretion that is largely comprised of water, some salts such as sodium chloride, urea and uric acid (metabolic wastes), and vitamin C. Apocrine sweat glands are found primarily in the axillary (armpit) and genital areas of the body and usually connect to hair follicles. These sweat glands become active when a person is emotionally upset, frightened, or in pain.


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