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

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/