secrète

[ suh-kret ]
/ səˈkrɛt /

noun Armor.

a steel skullcap of the 17th century, worn under a soft hat.

Nearby words

  1. secretory,
  2. secretory carcinoma,
  3. secretory duct,
  4. secretory nerve,
  5. secretory otitis media,
  6. secrétan's syndrome,
  7. secs.,
  8. sect,
  9. sect.,
  10. sectarian

Origin of secrète

From French; see origin at secret

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British Dictionary definitions for secrète

secrete

1
/ (sɪˈkriːt) /

verb

(of a cell, organ, etc) to synthesize and release (a secretion)
Derived Formssecretor, noun

Word Origin for secrete

C18: back formation from secretion

secrete

2
/ (sɪˈkriːt) /

verb

(tr) to put in a hiding place

Word Origin for secrete

C18: variant of obsolete secret to hide away; see secret (n)

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Word Origin and History for secrète

secrete

v.

1707, back-formation from secretion. Related: Secreted; secretes; secreting.

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Medicine definitions for secrète

secrete

[ sĭ-krēt ]

v.

To generate and release a substance from a cell or a gland.

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Science definitions for secrète

secrete

[ sĭ-krēt ]

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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