secretion [ si- kree-sh uh n ] SHOW IPA / sɪˈkri ʃən / PHONETIC RESPELLING EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun (in a cell or gland) the act or process of separating, elaborating, and releasing a substance that fulfills some function within the organism or undergoes excretion. the product of this act or process. Origin of secretion 1640–50;
), equivalent to
) (past participle of
-iōn- -ion Related forms se·cre·tion·ar·y , [si- kree-sh uh-ner-ee] /sɪˈkri ʃəˌnɛr i/ adjective non·se·cre·tion, noun non·se·cre·tion·ar·y, adjective o·ver·se·cre·tion, noun su·per·se·cre·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for oversecretion British Dictionary definitions for oversecretion noun a substance that is released from a cell, esp a glandular cell, and is synthesized in the cell the process involved in producing and releasing such a substance from the cell Derived Forms secretionary, adjective Word Origin for secretion
C17: from Medieval Latin
sēcrētiō, from Latin: a separation; see secern
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Word Origin and History for oversecretion n.
1640s, "act of secreting;" 1732, "that which is secreted," from French
sécrétion, from Latin secretionem (nominative secretio) "a dividing, separation," noun of action from past participle stem of secernere "to separate, set apart" (see secret (n.)).
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Medicine definitions for oversecretion n. The process of secreting a substance from a cell or gland. A substance, such as saliva, mucus, tears, bile, or a hormone, that is secreted.
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Science definitions for oversecretion The process of secreting a substance from a cell or gland. A substance, such as saliva, mucus, tears, bile, or a hormone, that is secreted.
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