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secretory

[si-kree-tuh-ree]
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adjective
  1. pertaining to secretion.
  2. performing the process of secretion.
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noun, plural se·cre·to·ries.
  1. a secretory organ, vessel, or the like.
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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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Examples from the Web for secretory

Historical Examples

  • Secretory phenomena; vascular phenomena; perspirations, etc.

    Metapsychical Phenomena

    J. Maxwell

  • The real reason for their discomfort is not secretory, but motor.

    Psychotherapy

    James J. Walsh

  • Associated words: secretive, secretory, confide, confidential.

    Putnam's Word Book

    Louis A. Flemming

  • The secretory part of the various glandular structures belonging to the skin is invariably formed from the epidermis.

  • Probably the secretory glands are somewhat inactive or sluggish in the healthy fat individual.

    Diet and Health

    Lulu Hunt Peters


British Dictionary definitions for secretory

secretory

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

adj.

1690s; see secrete + -ory.

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secretory in Medicine

secretory

(sĭ-krētə-rē)
adj.
  1. Relating to or performing secretion.
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