Definition of secretagogue in English:

secretagogue

noun

Physiology
  • A substance which promotes secretion.

    ‘potent secretagogues for calcitonin’
    • ‘In vitro, they reduce the ciliary efficiency, and are potent airway mucus secretagogues.’
    • ‘The combination of an insulin secretagogue and an insulin sensitizer addresses both processes.’
    • ‘If all the peptides present in a single propeptide are processed and released this would lead to a complex secretagogue.’
    • ‘To visualize individual cells with their own discharged trichocysts, a saturated solution of picric acid is used as a fixing secretagogue.’
    • ‘However, other physicians favor using insulin secretagogues with insulin.’

Origin

Early 20th century: from secrete + Greek agōgos leading.

Pronunciation:

secretagogue

/sɪˈkriːtəɡɒɡ/