secretion

[si-kree-shuhn]
noun
1.
(in a cell or gland) the act or process of separating, elaborating, and releasing a substance that fulfills some function within the organism or undergoes excretion.
2.
the product of this act or process.

Origin:
1640–50; < Latin sēcrētiōn- (stem of sēcrētiō), equivalent to sēcrēt(us) (past participle of sēcernere to secern) + -iōn- -ion

secretionary [si-kree-shuh-ner-ee] , adjective
nonsecretion, noun
nonsecretionary, adjective
oversecretion, noun
supersecretion, noun
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secretion (sɪˈkriːʃən)
 
n
1.  a substance that is released from a cell, esp a glandular cell, and is synthesized in the cell
2.  the process involved in producing and releasing such a substance from the cell
 
[C17: from Medieval Latin sēcrētiō, from Latin: a separation; see secern]
 
se'cretionary
 
adj

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secretion
1646, from Fr. sécrétion, from L. secretionem (nom. secretio) "separation," from pp. stem of secernere "to separate, set apart" (see secret). The verb secrete in this sense is a back-formation first attested 1707.
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secretion se·cre·tion (sĭ-krē'shən)
n.

  1. The process of secreting a substance from a cell or gland.

  2. A substance, such as saliva, mucus, tears, bile, or a hormone, that is secreted.

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secretion   (sĭ-krē'shən)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. The process of secreting a substance from a cell or gland.

  2. A substance, such as saliva, mucus, tears, bile, or a hormone, that is secreted.


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Example sentences
They cover their long tails with smelly secretions and wave them in the air to
  determine which animal is more powerful.
He considered how thoughts and emotions were simply secretions of the brain.
Sometimes the tubes become blocked from sticky secretions or clotted blood
  after the operation.
Treatment is aimed at controlling infections and bronchial secretions,
  relieving airway obstruction, and preventing complications.
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