Main definitions of secrete in English

: secrete1secrete2

secrete1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • (of a cell, gland, or organ) produce and discharge (a substance)

    ‘insulin is secreted in response to rising levels of glucose in the blood’
    • ‘Human sebaceous glands secrete a lipid mixture of mainly triglycerides, wax esters, free fatty acids, and squalene.’
    • ‘Follicle cells also secrete the materials of the vitelline envelope and eggshell that surround the mature egg.’
    • ‘Among other functions, the pancreas secretes enzymes that aid digestion and produces hormones that help regulate the level of sugar in the blood.’
    • ‘Natural interferons are a group of small proteins secreted by cells following viral infection.’
    • ‘In Drosophila species, the male accessory gland secretes seminal fluids transferred to the female during copulation.’
    • ‘The key, he believes, is insulin, a hormone secreted by the pancreas gland.’
    • ‘Certain bacteria in contaminated food or water can release a toxin that causes your intestinal cells to secrete salt and water.’
    • ‘Gluconeogenesis is a process where the liver secretes enzymes necessary to convert amino acids from proteins into glucose.’
    • ‘The cells secreted insulin and thrived as new blood vessels grew toward them.’
    • ‘A male sex gland about the size of a walnut, the prostate secretes a thick fluid that is a vehicle for semen ejaculated during orgasm.’
    • ‘This gland secretes digestive juices that help in breaking down foods.’
    • ‘Your pancreas secretes enzymes that aid digestion and hormones that help regulate the metabolism of carbohydrates.’
    • ‘Tadpole pituitaries secrete thyroid-stimulating hormone in response to CRH.’
    • ‘Melatonin, produced naturally from the amino acid tryptophan, is a hormone secreted by a gland in the brain.’
    • ‘The glands secrete parathyroid hormone, which is the primary regulator of calcium homeostasis.’
    • ‘The matchstick-like cells secrete a liquid which protects the brain and spinal cord from impacts.’
    • ‘Secretory diarrhea occurs when the large bowel secrete fluid and electrolytes into the lumen.’
    • ‘Macrophage cells secrete chemicals that can dissolve bone under an implant.’
    • ‘During delta sleep, the pituitary gland secretes a growth hormone that stimulates tissue repair, allowing muscles to mend.’
    • ‘Sweat is secreted by glands in the skin when it is necessary to lose excess heat from the body.’
    produce, discharge, emit, excrete, exude, ooze, leak, leach, emanate, give off, release, send out
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Origin

Early 18th century: back-formation from secretion.

Pronunciation

secrete

/sɪˈkriːt/

Main definitions of secrete in English

: secrete1secrete2

secrete2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Conceal; hide.

    ‘the assets had been secreted in Swiss bank accounts’
    • ‘The bulk of the stash was found secreted in a false ceiling while the rest was hidden under the couple's bed.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, in my view, as will be seen, the two most important bottles were secreted and hidden by the accused.’
    • ‘They might be secreted behind a special door, hidden from sight by shadows or a secret knock.’
    • ‘Hardly had we secreted ourselves when we spied a flotilla of a Roman expeditionary force sailing hard upstream.’
    • ‘The vials were secreted in a briefcase hidden in a truck in the courtyard of the house.’
    conceal, hide, cover up, veil, shroud, disguise, screen, bury, stow away, sequester, cache
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Origin

Mid 18th century: alteration of the obsolete verb secret ‘keep secret’.

Pronunciation

secrete

/sɪˈkriːt/