secretion

[ si-kree-shuh n ]
/ sɪˈkri ʃən /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. secretary of defense,
  2. secretary of state,
  3. secretary-general,
  4. secrete,
  5. secretin,
  6. secretive,
  7. secretively,
  8. secretly,
  9. secretoinhibitory,
  10. secretomotor

Origin of secretion

1640–50; < Latin sēcrētiōn- (stem of sēcrētiō), equivalent to sēcrēt(us) (past participle of sēcernere to secern) + -iōn- -ion

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British Dictionary definitions for oversecretion

secretion

/ (sɪˈkriːʃən) /

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 Formssecretionary, 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

secretion

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

secretion

[ sĭ-krēshən ]

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

secretion

[ sĭ-krēshən ]

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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