[ in-kree-shuh n ]
/ ɪnˈkri ʃən /

noun Physiology.

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

Origin of incretion

Related forms

in·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


/ (ɪnˈkriːʃən) /

noun physiol

direct secretion into the bloodstream, esp of a hormone from an endocrine gland
the substance so secreted

Derived Forms

incretionary or incretory (ˈɪnkrɪtərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

Word Origin for incretion

C20: from in- ² + (se) cretion
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Medicine definitions for incretion


[ ĭn-krēshən ]


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

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