[en-duh-krin, -krahyn, -kreen]Anatomy, Physiology
- secreting internally into the blood or lymph.
- of or relating to an endocrine gland or its secretion.
- an internal secretion; hormone.
- endocrine gland.
Origin of endocrine
1910–15; endo- + -crine < Greek krī́nein to separate
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for endocrines
Historical Examples of endocrines
- of or denoting endocrine glands or their secretionsendocrine disorders
- an endocrine gland
Word Origin for endocrine
C20: from endo- + -crine, from Greek krinein to separate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for endocrines
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
endocrine(ĕn′də-krĭn, -krēn′, -krīn′)
- Secreting internally, most commonly into the systemic circulation.
- Of or relating to endocrine glands or the hormones secreted by them.
- The secretion of an endocrine gland.
- An endocrine gland.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.