Definition of secretion in English:

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secretion

Pronunciation: /sɪˈkriːʃ(ə)n/

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.

Words that rhyme with secretion

accretion, Capetian, completion, concretion, deletion, depletion, Diocletian, excretion, Grecian, Helvetian, repletion, Rhodesian, suppletion, Tahitian, venetian

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: se¦cre|tion

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