Definition of endocrine in English:

endocrine

adjective

Physiology
  • Relating to or denoting glands which secrete hormones or other products directly into the blood.

    ‘the endocrine system’
    • ‘The foundations of the endocrine system are the hormones and glands.’
    • ‘Once a hormone is secreted, it travels from the endocrine gland through the bloodstream to the cells designed to receive its message.’
    • ‘It was first isolated from the endocrine gland in the body which has primary responsibility for holding calcium levels in your blood within a very tight range.’
    • ‘In addition, hormones from endocrine glands enter and leave the vascular system through regionally specialized capillaries.’
    • ‘Some are hormones, secreted by endocrine glands, and circulating in the blood, which leave through capillary walls to gain access to tissue fluids around their target cells.’

Origin

Early 20th century: from endo- ‘within’ + Greek krinein ‘sift’.

Pronunciation

endocrine

/ˈɛndə(ʊ)krɪn//ˈɛndə(ʊ)krʌɪn/