secretory

adjective

se·​cre·​to·​ry ˈsē-krə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce secretory (audio)
 especially British  si-ˈkrē-t(ə-)rē
: of, relating to, or promoting secretion
also : produced by secretion

Examples of secretory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the vaccines don’t induce secretory IgA because the cells that make secretory IgA are really lining the mucosa. Steven Strogatz, Quanta Magazine, 5 Apr. 2023 Numerous studies have shown the vaginal mucosa to be secretory. Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 28 Jan. 2011

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Word History

First Known Use

1692, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of secretory was in 1692

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“Secretory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/secretory. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

secretory

adjective
se·​cre·​to·​ry
ˈsē-krə-ˌtȯr-ē, especially British si-ˈkrēt-(ə-)rē
: of, relating to, or promoting secretion
also : produced by secretion
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