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[si-kreet] /sɪˈkrit/
verb (used with object), secreted, secreting.
to discharge, generate, or release by the process of secretion.
Origin of secrete1
First recorded in 1700-10; back formation from secretion


[si-kreet] /sɪˈkrit/
verb (used with object), secreted, secreting.
to place out of sight; hide; conceal:
squirrels secreting nuts in a hollow tree trunk.
1735-45; alteration of obsolete secret, v. use of secret
cover, shroud, disguise. See hide1 . Unabridged
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  • At one of such times he stole two medals, and at another he secreted himself until the doors were locked for the night.

  • It is not the nutrient fluid, but that which is left over, which is secreted.

    Fathers of Biology Charles McRae
  • Unknown to his attendants at the hospital, among the papers in his despatch-box he had secreted his service revolver.

    Real Soldiers of Fortune Richard Harding Davis
  • From the place where I was secreted, I could see to the very end of the room.

    Ten Years Later Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • Our ammunition, except four cartridges which I had secreted for use in a last emergency, was gone.

    My Attainment of the Pole Frederick A. Cook
  • She mechanically felt in her bosom where she had secreted it, as she thought, safely.

British Dictionary definitions for secreted


(of a cell, organ, etc) to synthesize and release (a secretion)
Derived Forms
secretor, noun
Word Origin
C18: back formation from secretion


(transitive) to put in a hiding place
Word Origin
C18: variant of obsolete secret to hide away; see secret (n)
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Word Origin and History for secreted



1707, back-formation from secretion. Related: Secreted; secretes; secreting.

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secreted in Medicine

secrete se·crete (sĭ-krēt')
v. se·cret·ed, se·cret·ing, se·cretes
To generate and separate a substance from cells or bodily fluids.

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secreted in Science
To produce and discharge a substance, especially from the cells of specialized glands. For example, the islets of Langerhans in the pancreas secrete the hormone insulin.
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