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secretion

[ si-kree-shuhn ]
/ sɪˈkri ʃən /
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noun
(in a cell or gland) the act or process of separating, elaborating, and releasing a substance that fulfills some function within the organism or undergoes excretion.
the product of this act or process.
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Origin of secretion

1640–50; <Latin sēcrētiōn- (stem of sēcrētiō), equivalent to sēcrēt(us) (past participle of sēcernere to secern) + -iōn--ion

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British Dictionary definitions for secretion

secretion
/ (sɪˈkriːʃən) /

noun
a substance that is released from a cell, esp a glandular cell, and is synthesized in the cell
the process involved in producing and releasing such a substance from the cell

Derived forms of secretion

secretionary, adjective

Word Origin for secretion

C17: from Medieval Latin sēcrētiō, from Latin: a separation; see secern
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Scientific definitions for secretion

secretion
[ sĭ-krēshən ]

The process of secreting a substance from a cell or gland.
A substance, such as saliva, mucus, tears, bile, or a hormone, that is secreted.
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