Se*crete" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Secreted; p. pr. & vb. n. Secreting.] [L. secretus separated, secret, hidden, p. p. of secernere. See Secret, and cf. Discrete, Discreet.]
To deposit in a place of hiding; to hide; to conceal; as, to secrete stolen goods; to secrete one's self.
To separate from the blood and elaborate by the process of secretion; to elaborate and emit as a secretion. See Secretion.
Why one set of cells should secrete bile, another urea, and so on, we do not known.
Syn. -- To conceal; hide. See Conceal.
© Webster 1913.