Definition of secretion in English:

secretion

noun

  • 1[mass noun] A process by which substances are produced and discharged from a cell, gland, or organ for a particular function in the organism or for excretion.

    ‘alcohol had a stimulatory effect on gastric acid secretion’
    • ‘Serous cell transport of urea may be analogous to secretion of uric acid, the major antioxidant in nasal secretions.’
    • ‘They may affect the cycling endometrium by controlling vascular function through secretion of angiogenic growth factors.’
    • ‘Therefore, we investigated relationships between energetic condition and several measures of corticosterone secretion.’
    • ‘The disulfide bonds form during the process of secretion from the cell in the endoplasmic reticulum.’
    • ‘There also is decreased chloride secretion into the airways and increased sodium and water reabsorption from the airway lumens.’
    • ‘Other drugs excreted via anionic tubular secretion have not been evaluated.’
    • ‘In this latter group, eradication of the infection has been reported to increase gastric acid secretion toward normal.’
    • ‘Lastly, dopamine has been shown to stimulate insulin secretion by a adrenergic mediated mechanism.’
    • ‘Atropine sulfate was administered intravenously to reduce airway secretion.’
    • ‘The crucial point is that insulin secretion is regulated by carbohydrates.’
    • ‘Status of various immune cells and intracellular secretion of cytokines were assessed by flow cytometry.’
    • ‘A more complex system is seen in the control of pituitary hormone secretion.’
    • ‘Caffeine stimulates insulin secretion of pancreatic beta cells.’
    • ‘Chewing gum stimulates swallowing, as well as the secretion of alkaline saliva.’
    • ‘Hot winds will also reduce nectar secretion, thereby reducing flower attractiveness.’
    • ‘For example, the systems in the brain that control hormone secretion are completely unconsciously controlled.’
    • ‘The secretion of saliva is prompted by the presence of food in the mouth.’
    • ‘As a result, the predicted protein is missing the leader signal required for the secretion of pancreatic enzymes.’
    • ‘Glucocorticoid secretion occurs in a circadian pattern and in response to stress.’
    • ‘When the blood calcium level rises, the parathyroid glands sense the change and decrease their secretion of parathyroid hormone.’
    production, discharge, emission, excretion, exudation, ooze, oozing, leakage, leaching, emanation, giving off, release, sending out
    extravasation
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    1. 1.1[count noun]A substance discharged by secretion.
      ‘hormonal secretions’
      • ‘Then they enter your intestines where secretions from your pancreas neutralize the stomach acids.’
      • ‘The utility of flexible bronchoscopy in the setting of retained secretions is aimed at clearing thick mucous secretions and plugs.’
      • ‘All urine collections must avoid contamination with menstrual blood, vaginal secretions and feces.’
      • ‘This antibody is found in body fluids such as tears, saliva, and other bodily secretions.’
      • ‘The gold standard for diagnosis of bacterial rhinosinusitis is sinus puncture with aspiration of purulent secretions.’
      • ‘The hormone increases oil secretions, which can become trapped if dead skin cells are littering the skin's surface.’
      • ‘Fibrinogen is absent in saliva and is present in measurable amounts in lower respiratory tract secretions.’
      • ‘The flow of secretions from your stomach, liver, pancreas and small intestine may decrease.’
      • ‘During cardiopulmonary resuscitation the author recalls being " showered " with the patient's oral secretions.’
      • ‘In acute bacterial sinusitis, the nose merely acts as a conduit for eliminating purulent secretions produced in the sinuses.’
      • ‘Serial quantitative microbiologic studies of lower respiratory tract secretions can also define resolution end points.’
      • ‘Of course, if someone has severe pancreatitis induced by aspartame, it could influence both the secretions and insulin production.’
      • ‘These infant teeth are used to scrape fatty secretions and other nourishing substances from the female's reproductive organs.’
      • ‘Others produce glandular secretions known to repel adult ants.’
      • ‘If you have a cold, your cough is likely caused by mucous secretions in the airway.’
      • ‘Even patients with purulent secretions usually have viral infections and do not benefit from antibiotics.’
      • ‘Young women produce only scant vaginal secretions, providing little barrier to HIV transmission.’
      • ‘It also controls food intake, regulates body temperature, and hormonal secretions.’
      • ‘Hepatitis B can be detected in semen, saliva, and cervical secretions.’
      • ‘The effect of pharmacological agents on the clearance of airways secretions has been debatable.’
      • ‘Nausea lessens as the flow of saliva, bile and gastric secretions picks up.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from French sécrétion or Latin secretio(n-) separation, from secret- moved apart, from the verb secernere.

Pronunciation:

secretion

/sɪˈkriːʃ(ə)n/