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[suh-kret] /səˈkrɛt/
noun, Armor.
a steel skullcap of the 17th century, worn under a soft hat.
Origin of secrète
< French; see secret Unabridged
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  • When cracks form, the bacteria wake from dormancy and secrete limestone, in effect healing the concrete.
  • Scientists have discovered that certain caterpillars manufacture and secrete their own insect repellent, a new study shows.
  • Zebra tarantulas secrete silk through their feet to increase traction, scientists say.
  • On each tomato seed, tiny hairs called trichomes secrete the goo that encases them.
  • In response to high levels of glucose in the blood, the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas secrete the hormone insulin.
  • Oriental fire-bellied toads secrete toxins from their skin, and they want potential predators to know it.
  • Many animals secrete more melatonin when the long nights of winter arrive.
  • Mice secrete these chemicals in urine and mark their territory, much as dogs do.
  • There is a secrete in human body that modern medicine cannot find.
  • There they secrete an array of chemicals intended to limit any infection.
British Dictionary definitions for secrète


(of a cell, organ, etc) to synthesize and release (a secretion)
Derived Forms
secretor, noun
Word Origin
C18: back formation from secretion


(transitive) to put in a hiding place
Word Origin
C18: variant of obsolete secret to hide away; see secret (n)
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Word Origin and History for secrète



1707, back-formation from secretion. Related: Secreted; secretes; secreting.

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secrète in Medicine

secrete se·crete (sĭ-krēt')
v. se·cret·ed, se·cret·ing, se·cretes
To generate and separate a substance from cells or bodily fluids.

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secrète in Science
To produce and discharge a substance, especially from the cells of specialized glands. For example, the islets of Langerhans in the pancreas secrete the hormone insulin.
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