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secrete

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[ si-kreet ]
/ sɪˈkrit /
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verb (used with object), se·cret·ed, se·cret·ing.
to discharge, generate, or release by the process of secretion.
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Origin of secrete

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First recorded in 1700–10; back formation from secretion

Other definitions for secrete (2 of 3)

secrete2
[ si-kreet ]
/ sɪˈkrit /

verb (used with object), se·cret·ed, se·cret·ing.
to place out of sight; hide; conceal: squirrels secreting nuts in a hollow tree trunk.

Origin of secrete

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1735–45; alteration of obsolete secret, verb use of secret

synonym study for secrete

See hide1.

Other definitions for secrete (3 of 3)

secrète
[ suh-kret ]
/ səˈkrɛt /

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

Origin of secrète

From French; see origin at secret
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British Dictionary definitions for secrete (1 of 2)

secrete1
/ (sɪˈkriːt) /

verb
(of a cell, organ, etc) to synthesize and release (a secretion)

Derived forms of secrete

secretor, noun

Word Origin for secrete

C18: back formation from secretion

British Dictionary definitions for secrete (2 of 2)

secrete2
/ (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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Medical definitions for secrete

secrete
[ sĭ-krēt ]

v.
To generate and release a substance from a cell or a gland.
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Scientific definitions for secrete

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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