secrete

1
[si-kreet]

verb (used with object), se·cret·ed, se·cret·ing.

to discharge, generate, or release by the process of secretion.

Nearby words

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

Origin of secrete

1
First recorded in 1700–10; back formation from secretion

secrete

2
[si-kreet]

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

2
1735–45; alteration of obsolete secret, v. use of secret

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British Dictionary definitions for secreted

secrete

1

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

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 secreted

secrete

v.

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

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Medicine definitions for secreted

secrete

[sĭ-krēt]

v.

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

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Science definitions for secreted

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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