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secretion

Line breaks: se¦cre|tion
Pronunciation: /sɪˈkriːʃ(ə)n
 
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Definition of secretion in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1A process by which substances are produced and discharged from a cell, gland, or organ for a particular function in the organism or for excretion: alcohol had a stimulatory effect on gastric acid secretion
More example sentences
  • Status of various immune cells and intracellular secretion of cytokines were assessed by flow cytometry.
  • Other drugs excreted via anionic tubular secretion have not been evaluated.
  • Serous cell transport of urea may be analogous to secretion of uric acid, the major antioxidant in nasal secretions.
Synonyms
1.1 [count noun] A substance discharged by secretion: hormonal secretions
More example sentences
  • These infant teeth are used to scrape fatty secretions and other nourishing substances from the female's reproductive organs.
  • Nausea lessens as the flow of saliva, bile and gastric secretions picks up.
  • It also controls food intake, regulates body temperature, and hormonal secretions.

Origin

mid 17th century: from French sécrétion or Latin secretio(n-) 'separation', from secret- 'moved apart', from the verb secernere.

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