secretory

[ si-kree-tuh-ree ]
/ sɪˈkri tə ri /
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adjective

pertaining to secretion.
performing the process of secretion.

noun, plural se·cre·to·ries.

a secretory organ, vessel, or the like.

Nearby words

  1. secretively,
  2. secretly,
  3. secretoinhibitory,
  4. secretomotor,
  5. secretor,
  6. secretory carcinoma,
  7. secretory duct,
  8. secretory nerve,
  9. secretory otitis media,
  10. secrète

Origin of secretory

First recorded in 1685–95; secret(ion) + -ory1

Related formsnon·se·cre·to·ry, adjective, noun, plural non·se·cre·to·ries.

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British Dictionary definitions for secretory

secretory

/ (sɪˈkriːtərɪ) /

adjective

of, relating to, or producing a secretiona secretory cell; secretory function
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Word Origin and History for secretory

secretory

adj.

1690s; see secrete + -ory.

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Medicine definitions for secretory

secretory

[ sĭ-krētə-rē ]

adj.

Relating to or performing secretion.

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