secrete [1] VERB (of a cell, gland, or organ) produce and discharge (a substance).
DERIVATIVES secretor noun secretory adjective.
secrete [2] VERB conceal; hide.
ORIGIN from the obsolete verb secret «keep secret».

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  • Secretory — Se*cre to*ry, a. [Cf. F. s[ e]cr[ e]toire. See {Secrete}.] (Physiol.) Secreting; performing, or connected with, the office of secretion; secernent; as, secretory vessels, nerves. n. A secretory vessel; a secernent. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • secretory — [si krēt′ər ē] adj. of, or having the function of, secretion; secreting n. a secretory gland, etc …   English World dictionary

  • secretory — 1690s; see SECRETE (Cf. secrete) + ORY (Cf. ory) …   Etymology dictionary

  • secretory — /si kree teuh ree/, adj., n., pl. secretories. adj. 1. pertaining to secretion. 2. performing the process of secretion. n. 3. a secretory organ, vessel, or the like. [1685 95; SECRET(ION) + ORY1] * * * …   Universalium

  • secretory — /səˈkritəri/ (say suh kreetuhree) adjective 1. relating to secretion. 2. performing the office of secretion. –noun (plural secretories) 3. a secretory organ, vessel, or the like …   Australian English dictionary

  • secretory — adjective of or relating to or producing a secretion a secretory cell • Pertains to noun: ↑secretion …   Useful english dictionary

  • secretory — adjective Date: 1692 of, relating to, or promoting secretion; also produced by secretion …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • secretory — adjective Of, pertaining to, or used in secretion …   Wiktionary

  • secretory — Relating to secretion or the secretions. * * * se·cre·to·ry sē krə .tȯr ē, esp Brit si krēt (ə )rē adj of, relating to, or promoting secretion also produced by secretion * * * se·cre·to·ry (se kreґtə re) (seґkrə tor″e) pertaining …   Medical dictionary

  • secretory — Synonyms and related words: egestive, eliminative, excretionary, excretive, excretory, exudative, lachrymal, lachrymose, lacrimatory, lactational, lacteal, lacteous, rheumy, salivant, salivary, salivous, secretional, secretive, seminal, serous,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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