to discharge, generate, or release by the process of secretion.
Other definitions for secrete (2 of 3)
to place out of sight; hide; conceal: squirrels secreting nuts in a hollow tree trunk.
Other definitions for secrète (3 of 3)
a steel skullcap of the 17th century, worn under a soft hat.
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How to use secrete in a sentence
The toxin secreted by the bacteria Burkholderia cenocepacia unexpectedly proved to be the solution needed to create a mitochondria-friendly base editor.A bacterial toxin enables the first mitochondrial gene editor | Jack J. Lee | July 13, 2020 | Science News
New microscope and chemical analyses suggest that, like snakes, caecilians have glands near their teeth that secrete toxins.Bizarre caecilians may be the only amphibians with venomous bites | Christie Wilcox | July 3, 2020 | Science News
He has helped show that the animals have separate glands for secreting mucus on their heads and poison on their tails.Bizarre caecilians may be the only amphibians with venomous bites | Christie Wilcox | July 3, 2020 | Science News
These lingering cells secrete a potent mix of molecules that triggers chronic inflammation, damages the surrounding tissue structures, and changes the behavior of nearby cells for the worse.A Renaissance of Genomics and Drugs Is Extending Human Longevity | Peter H. Diamandis, MD | June 26, 2020 | Singularity Hub
These proteins are secreted by cells for the purpose of signaling and communication between cells.Coronavirus Deaths And Those Of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery Have Something In Common: Racism | LGBTQ-Editor | June 10, 2020 | No Straight News
Your body begins to secrete adrenaline, your cortisol levels rise, and your heart starts pumping faster.
They had ridden out of the bush and come on the road so suddenly that Black had no time to secrete himself.Hunted and Harried | R.M. Ballantyne
When the alarm was given on a plantation that the Yankees were coming, the farmers made all haste to secrete their horses.The Boys of '61 | Charles Carleton Coffin.
Two or three pads, each of which bears tubelike hairs that secrete a sticky fluid, are found on its under surface.A Civic Biology | George William Hunter
Frequently the nerves dilate the blood vessels of the skin, thus helping the sweat glands to secrete, by giving them more blood.A Civic Biology | George William Hunter
secrete this somewhere on your persons and never show it except as an absolute last resort.The Ranger Boys and the Border Smugglers | Claude A. Labelle
British Dictionary definitions for secrete (1 of 2)
(of a cell, organ, etc) to synthesize and release (a secretion)
- secretor, noun
British Dictionary definitions for secrete (2 of 2)
(tr) to put in a hiding place
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Scientific definitions for secrete
To produce and discharge a substance, especially from the cells of specialized glands. For example, the islets of Langerhans in the pancreas secrete the hormone insulin.
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