oversecretion

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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