Definitions of secretion

  1. the organic process of synthesizing and releasing some substance
  2. a functionally specialized substance ( especially one that is not a waste) released from a gland or cell
  3. The act of secreting or concealing; as, the secretion of dutiable goods.
  4. The act of secreting; the process by which material is separated from the blood through the agency of the cells of the various glands and elaborated by the cells into new substances so as to form the various secretions, as the saliva, bile, and other digestive fluids. The process varies in the different glands, and hence are formed the various secretions.
  5. Any substance or fluid secreted, or elaborated and emitted, as the gastric juice.
  6. Endogenous substances produced through the activity of intact cells of glands, tissues, or organs. They do not include hormones or enzymes.
  7. In physiology, the act or process of separating from a circulating fluid materials out of which a new substance is made; any substance or fluid so separated, as saliva; the act of concealing or hiding.
  8. 1. The production by a cell or aggregation of cells ( a gland) of some substance differing in chemical and physical properties from the body from which or by which it is produced. 2. The product, solid, liquid, or gaseous, of cellular or glandular activity. A secretion is stored up in or utilized by the animal or plant in which it is produced, there by differing from an excretion which is intended to be expelled from the body.
  9. That which is a secreted. Work of a secreting organ separating matter secreted from the blood.
  10. The act of secreting or separating from a circulating fluid: that which is secreted.
  11. Concealment.
  12. Separation, as of materials from blood or sap; the substance secreted, as saliva or milk.
  13. The act of secreting, specially from the blood; the fluid or matter secreted.
  14. The process by which substances are separated from the blood or its constituents, different from the blood itself, as saliva, bile, urine, & c.; one of the substances thus separated.
  15. A substance or fluid which is separated from the blood or other cells ; the process of such separation.

Usage examples for secretion

  1. That it might perhaps be, in a sense, a gland of internal secretion was a despised theory. – The Glands Regulating Personality by Louis Berman, M.D.
  2. The secretion from the glands of the toad have a biting, acid effect on the dog's mouth. – Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study by Ontario Ministry of Education
  3. The pearl is said to be a morbid secretion, so the spiritual ferment called Zal gave to Chopin's music its morbid beauty. – Chopin: The Man and His Music by James Huneker
  4. Moving along definite pathways, they induce motion in the muscles, and in the glands the secretion of liquids. – Physiology and Hygiene for Secondary Schools by Francis M. Walters, A.M.
  5. Physical causation need not be the only kind of causation, and when Cabanis said that thought was a function of the brain, in the same way as bile secretion is a function of the liver, he blundered philosophically. – Aphorisms and Reflections from the works of T. H. Huxley by Thomas Henry Huxley
  6. What part voluntarily does man take in secretion, in digestion, in the reflex actions? – Natural Law in the Spiritual World by Henry Drummond
  7. In the course of a few years there is considerable deformity, and sometimes deficiency in the glandular secretion, but the disease is not attended by other inconvenience. – Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition. by Alexander Miles Alexis Thomson
  8. On the other hand, a ration too concentrated, and especially too rich in protein, is not suitable, because, after a meal, the animal must have a certain feeling of fullness in order to be comfortable and quiet, and the digestive organs require a relatively large volume of contents to fill them to the point where secretion is properly stimulated and their activity is most efficient. – Special Report on Diseases of Cattle by U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler
  9. The external secretion is what is called the mind and the internal secretion is known as the soul. – The Book of Gud by Dan Spain Harold Hersey
  10. The most striking manifestations of such psychic influences are those in which, as a result of some strong passion or deep sorrow, the secretion of milk suddenly ceases altogether. – The Prospective Mother A Handbook for Women During Pregnancy by J. Morris Slemons
  11. The volcanic ashes undoubtedly helped in this secretion, for old Merapi even now belches its ashes, rocks and dust out over the beautiful valley down upon which Merapi looks. – Flash-lights from the Seven Seas by William L. Stidger Commentator: Bishop Francis J. McConnell
  12. Constant secretion, ' was the phrase he used to describe the chief symptom. – The Roll-Call by Arnold Bennett
  13. Individuals, families, nations and races show definite internal secretion traits, which stamp them with the quality of difference. – The Glands Regulating Personality by Louis Berman, M.D.
  14. A wonder of the world is how he gets the liquid secretion to fasten the grains of sand together to make his earthen tunnels. – From Edinburgh to India & Burmah by William G. Burn Murdoch
  15. Thus we see a cell loaded to fullness by secretion which it cannot do without; open- mouthed vessels through which it receives this fluid. – Philosophy of Osteopathy by Andrew T. Still
  16. Or if the kidneys are weak, there is an increased secretion and discharge from them, to an unhealthy and injurious extent. – The American Woman's Home by Catherine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe
  17. The mature animal can, by drinking, take considerable excess of water without danger, for the surplus will be speedily removed by perspiration and by the secretion from the kidneys. – The Dollar Hen by Milo M. Hastings
  18. Growth, assimilation, elimination, reproduction, metabolism, and secretion, are all vital processes which cannot be described in terms of physics and chemistry. – The Breath of Life by John Burroughs
  19. A natural increase of this secretion takes place just before and after menstruation, and should occasion no anxiety, but if continued during the remainder of the month, especially if very profuse, of offensive odor, or bloody in character, it needs the attention of the skilled physician. – What a Young Woman Ought to Know by Mary Wood-Allen
  20. Dr. Cullen showed that the acid juice of oranges, by uniting with the bile, diminishes the bitterness of that secretion; and hence it is that this fruit is of particular service in illnesses which arise from a redundancy of bile, chiefly in dark persons of a fibrous, or bilious temperament. – Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure by William Thomas Fernie