- to discharge, generate, or release by the process of secretion.
Origin of secrete1
First recorded in 1700–10; back formation from secretion
- to place out of sight; hide; conceal: squirrels secreting nuts in a hollow tree trunk.
Origin of secrete2
1735–45; alteration of obsolete secret, v. use of secret
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cover, shroud, disguise. See hide1.
- a steel skullcap of the 17th century, worn under a soft hat.
Origin of secrète
From French; see origin at secret
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Examples from the Web for secretes
He secretes them with the infatuation of a dog interring bones.Bizarre
It does not bite but secretes an acid which can sting the eyes.A Dictionary of Cebuano Visayan
John U. Wolff
It is also known that when the human system is out of order it secretes poison.Not Guilty
This is the apparatus which secretes the silk; it is the double silk-bearing gland.The Insect World
The gastric glands are little tubes, the lining of which secretes the fluid.A Civic Biology
George William Hunter
- (of a cell, organ, etc) to synthesize and release (a secretion)
C18: back formation from secretion
- (tr) to put in a hiding place
C18: variant of obsolete secret to hide away; see secret (n)
Word Origin and History for secretes
1707, back-formation from secretion. Related: Secreted; secretes; secreting.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To generate and release a substance from a cell or a gland.
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- 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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