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’
    • ‘Sweat is secreted by glands in the skin when it is necessary to lose excess heat from the body.’
    • ‘Natural interferons are a group of small proteins secreted by cells following viral infection.’
    • ‘Your pancreas secretes enzymes that aid digestion and hormones that help regulate the metabolism of carbohydrates.’
    • ‘Macrophage cells secrete chemicals that can dissolve bone under an implant.’
    • ‘Secretory diarrhea occurs when the large bowel secrete fluid and electrolytes into the lumen.’
    • ‘Human sebaceous glands secrete a lipid mixture of mainly triglycerides, wax esters, free fatty acids, and squalene.’
    • ‘This gland secretes digestive juices that help in breaking down foods.’
    • ‘In Drosophila species, the male accessory gland secretes seminal fluids transferred to the female during copulation.’
    • ‘Certain bacteria in contaminated food or water can release a toxin that causes your intestinal cells to secrete salt and water.’
    • ‘The key, he believes, is insulin, a hormone secreted by the pancreas gland.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Melatonin, produced naturally from the amino acid tryptophan, is a hormone secreted by a gland in the brain.’
    • ‘The matchstick-like cells secrete a liquid which protects the brain and spinal cord from impacts.’
    • ‘Tadpole pituitaries secrete thyroid-stimulating hormone in response to CRH.’
    • ‘Gluconeogenesis is a process where the liver secretes enzymes necessary to convert amino acids from proteins into glucose.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The glands secrete parathyroid hormone, which is the primary regulator of calcium homeostasis.’
    • ‘The cells secreted insulin and thrived as new blood vessels grew toward them.’
    • ‘During delta sleep, the pituitary gland secretes a growth hormone that stimulates tissue repair, allowing muscles to mend.’
    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.’
    • ‘The vials were secreted in a briefcase hidden in a truck in the courtyard of the house.’
    • ‘Hardly had we secreted ourselves when we spied a flotilla of a Roman expeditionary force sailing hard upstream.’
    • ‘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.’
    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/