- to discharge, generate, or release by the process of secretion.
Origin of secrete1
- to place out of sight; hide; conceal: squirrels secreting nuts in a hollow tree trunk.
Origin of secrete2
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Examples from the Web for secreted
President Rhee resigned soon thereafter and was secreted out of the country to Hawaii by the American CIA.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea
December 30, 2014
Citing two specific studies, the authors suggest that a “high concentration of the virus is secreted on the skin of the dead.”Kissing the Corpses in Ebola Country
August 13, 2014
Jeanne's body, secreted away, was only later reburied next to his, in Père Lachaise."Mad, Bad Modigliani"
March 5, 2011
The anthrax powder is secreted in a small watertight container that easily passes inspection at JFK.The Coming Bioattack
June 5, 2009
Two hopes, secreted in his inner consciousness, supported indecision.Garrison's Finish
W. B. M. Ferguson
They then secreted themselves where they could see any one coming into the yard.The Expressman and the Detective
The bread and meat he had secreted in his pockets were removed.History of the Moravian Church
J. E. Hutton
It was wonderful the amount of information he secreted from these periodicals.Wayside Courtships
In an adjoining room were secreted his father and a party of friends.Art in England
- (of a cell, organ, etc) to synthesize and release (a secretion)
- (tr) to put in a hiding place
Word Origin and History for secreted
1707, back-formation from secretion. Related: Secreted; secretes; secreting.
- To generate and release a substance from a cell or a gland.
- 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.