Definition of secretion in English:

secretion

noun

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

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/