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secretion

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noun se·cre·tion \si-ˈkrē-shən\

Simple Definition of secretion

  • : the production of a liquid by part of a plant or animal

  • : a substance produced and given off by a plant or animal part

Full Definition of secretion

  1. 1a :  the process of segregating, elaborating, and releasing some material either functionally specialized (as saliva) or isolated for excretion (as urine)b :  a product of secretion formed by an animal or plant; especially :  one performing a specific useful function in the organism

  2. 2 [2secrete] :  the act of hiding something :  concealment

se·cre·tion·ary play \-shə-ˌner-ē\ adjective

Examples of secretion

  1. the secretion of stomach acids

  2. root secretions that repel insects



Origin of secretion

French sécrétion, from Latin secretion-, secretio separation, from secernere to separate — more at secret


First Known Use: 1646


SECRETION Defined for Kids

secretion

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noun se·cre·tion \si-ˈkrē-shən\

Definition of secretion

  1. 1 :  the act or process of giving off a substance <the secretion of saliva by salivary glands>

  2. 2 :  a substance formed in and given off by a gland that usually performs a useful function in the body <Digestive secretions contain enzymes.>




Medical Dictionary

secretion

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noun se·cre·tion \si-ˈkrē-shən\

Medical Definition of secretion

  1. 1:  the process of segregating, elaborating, and releasing some material either functionally specialized (as saliva) or isolated for excretion (as urine)

  2. 2:  a product of secretion formed by an animal or plant; especially :  one performing a specific useful function in the organism





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