Definition of secretagogue in English:

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Pronunciation: /sɪˈkriːtəɡɒɡ/


A substance which promotes secretion: potent secretagogues for calcitonin
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  • In vitro, they reduce the ciliary efficiency, and are potent airway mucus secretagogues.
  • However, other physicians favor using insulin secretagogues with insulin.
  • The combination of an insulin secretagogue and an insulin sensitizer addresses both processes.


Early 20th century: from secrete1 + Greek agōgos 'leading'.

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