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secretory

[si-kree-tuh-ree] /sɪˈkri tə ri/
adjective
1.
pertaining to secretion.
2.
performing the process of secretion.
noun, plural secretories.
3.
a secretory organ, vessel, or the like.
Origin of secretory
1685-1695
First recorded in 1685-95; secret(ion) + -ory1
Related forms
nonsecretory, adjective, noun, plural nonsecretories.
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secretory

/sɪˈkriːtərɪ/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or producing a secretion: a secretory cell, secretory function
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Word Origin and History for secretory
adj.

1690s; see secrete + -ory.

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secretory in Medicine

secretory se·cre·to·ry (sĭ-krē'tə-rē)
adj.
Relating to or performing secretion.

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