Etymology
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secretion (n.)

1640s, in animal physiology, "act of preparing and expressing substances by glandular activity;" 1732 as "that which is secreted," from French sécrétion, from Latin secretionem (nominative secretio) "a dividing, separation," noun of action from past participle stem of secernere "to separate, set apart" (see secret (n.)).

updated on March 25, 2022

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Definitions of secretion from WordNet

secretion (n.)
the organic process of synthesizing and releasing some substance;
Synonyms: secernment
secretion (n.)
a functionally specialized substance (especially one that is not a waste) released from a gland or cell;
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