Share this entry

endocrine Line breaks: endo|crine
Pronunciation: /ˈɛndə(ʊ)krʌɪn/

Definition of endocrine in English:


Relating to or denoting glands which secrete hormones or other products directly into the blood: the endocrine system
More example sentences
  • Some are hormones, secreted by endocrine glands, and circulating in the blood, which leave through capillary walls to gain access to tissue fluids around their target cells.
  • The foundations of the endocrine system are the hormones and glands.
  • In addition, hormones from endocrine glands enter and leave the vascular system through regionally specialized capillaries.


Early 20th century: from endo- 'within' + Greek krinein 'sift'.

Words that rhyme with endocrine

aventurine • vulturine

Definition of endocrine in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day fortissimo
Pronunciation: fɔːˈtɪsɪməʊ
(especially as a direction) very loud or loudly