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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 .


[suh-kret] /səˈkrɛt/
noun, Armor.
a steel skullcap of the 17th century, worn under a soft hat.
From French; See origin at secret Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for secretes
Historical Examples
  • He secretes them with the infatuation of a dog interring bones.

    Bizarre Lawton Mackall
  • It does not bite but secretes an acid which can sting the eyes.

  • It is also known that when the human system is out of order it secretes poison.

    Not Guilty Robert Blatchford
  • This is the apparatus which secretes the silk; it is the double silk-bearing gland.

    The Insect World Louis Figuier
  • The gastric glands are little tubes, the lining of which secretes the fluid.

    A Civic Biology George William Hunter
  • What is hee that knoweth the secretes of heartes which be impenetrable?

    The Palace of Pleasure William Painter
  • Cowper's Gland, which secretes a liquid which makes the urethra alkaline.

    The Sex Side of Life Mary Dennett
  • It secretes a serous fluid which keeps the inner surfaces moist.

    A Practical Physiology Albert F. Blaisdell
  • Recent microscopic investigations have shown it to consist of a minute vegetable cell, which secretes a red colouring matter.

    The Reason Why Anonymous
  • The boke of secretes of Albartus Magnus, of the vertues of Herbes, stones and certaine beastes.

British Dictionary definitions for secretes


(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 secretes



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

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secretes 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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secretes 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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