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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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Examples from the Web for secreting
Historical Examples
  • Women are naturally secretive, and they like to do their own secreting.

  • Again he glances inquiringly around, with a view to secreting the corpse.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • The remainder of the tree takes the position or place of secreting.

    Philosophy of Osteopathy Andrew T. Still
  • Still, if detected in secreting or feeding me, he would be hanged from his own door-post.

    With Fire and Sword Samuel H. M. Byers
  • What a mercy it was that she had thought of secreting it like this!

    True Stories of Girl Heroines Evelyn Everett-Green
  • Does she accuse me of stealing and secreting that fabulous missing will?

    A Dreadful Temptation Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller
  • A couple of hours sufficed to do the work of secreting the box.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • She has the same predisposition for laying, that the cow has for secreting milk.

    Domestic Animals Richard L. Allen
  • They are also capable of becoming encysted, that is, of secreting a gelatinous cover.

    Marvels of Pond-life Henry J. Slack
  • In my earliest experiments I tried all kinds of receptacles when secreting articles.

    The Arena Various
British Dictionary definitions for secreting


(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 secreting



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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secreting 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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secreting 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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