[in-kree-shuh n]

noun Physiology.

a substance, as a hormone, that is secreted internally.
the process of such secretion.

Nearby words

  1. incremental repetition,
  2. incrementalism,
  3. incrementally,
  4. increpation,
  5. increscent,
  6. incretory,
  7. incriminate,
  8. incrimination,
  9. incriminatory,
  10. incross

Origin of incretion

Related formsin·cre·tion·ar·y, in·cre·to·ry [in-kri-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈɪn krɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for incretion


noun physiol

direct secretion into the bloodstream, esp of a hormone from an endocrine gland
the substance so secreted
Derived Formsincretionary or incretory (ˈɪnkrɪtərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

Word Origin for incretion

C20: from in- ² + (se) cretion

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Medicine definitions for incretion




The process of internal secretion characteristic of endocrine glands.
The product of this process; a hormone.

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