se·​cre·​ta·​gogue | \ si-ˈkrē-tə-ˌgäg How to pronounce secretagogue (audio) \

Definition of secretagogue

: a substance stimulating secretion (as by the stomach or pancreas)

Examples of secretagogue in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Others, known as secretagogues, stimulate the human pituitary gland to release excess growth hormone. Michael Powell, New York Times, "At the Heart of a Vast Doping Network, an Alias," 26 Mar. 2018 For those taking insulin and/or medications such as glipizide or glyburide (insulin secretagogues), exercise can cause low blood sugar if medication dose or carbohydrate intake is not adjusted appropriately. Trihealth,, "The Importance of Exercise in Treating Diabetes," 21 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of secretagogue

1919, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for secretagogue

secretion + -agogue

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“Secretagogue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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variants: also secretogogue \ si-​ˈkrēt-​ə-​ˌgäg How to pronounce secretagogue (audio) \

Medical Definition of secretagogue

: a substance that stimulates secretion (as by the stomach or pancreas)

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