[en-duh-krin, -krahyn, -kreen]Anatomy, Physiology
- secreting internally into the blood or lymph.
- of or relating to an endocrine gland or its secretion.
- an internal secretion; hormone.
- endocrine gland.
Origin of endocrine
1910–15; endo- + -crine < Greek krī́nein to separate
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Examples from the Web for endocrine
After surgery, the patients all received the standard therapy of chemo, radiotherapy and endocrine therapy.How Big Pharma Holds Back in the War on Cancer
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WGA may also have direct toxic effects on the heart, endocrine, and immune systems, and even the brain.Wheat Threatens All Humans, New Research Shows
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In Vienna she had undergone a new medical process, involving her endocrine glands, that rejuvenates the body and skin.American Dreams, 1923: Black Oxen by Gertrude Atherton
March 28, 2013
"I'm not so sure about that endocrine shift, sir," Tensor stated emotionlessly.Fair and Warmer
E. G. von Wald
Another physical anomaly, which is presumably of endocrine origin, is the suppression of the menses.Benign Stupors
The endocrine hypothesis, suggested by Funk in his monograph, is not without some corroborative evidence.Scurvy Past and Present
Alfred Fabian Hess
It is simply all the endocrine or hormone-producing organs organized into a balanced chemical system—adjusted to each other.
This secretory or endocrine idea has also given us an entirely new view of sex differences.
- of or denoting endocrine glands or their secretionsendocrine disorders
- an endocrine gland
C20: from endo- + -crine, from Greek krinein to separate
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Word Origin and History for endocrine
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
(ĕn′də-krĭn, -krēn′, -krīn′)
- Secreting internally, most commonly into the systemic circulation.
- Of or relating to endocrine glands or the hormones secreted by them.
- The secretion of an endocrine gland.
- An endocrine gland.
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