noun, plural se·cre·to·ries.
  1. a secretory organ, vessel, or the like.

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for secretory


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

1690s; see secrete + -ory.

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secretory in Medicine


  1. Relating to or performing secretion.
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