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.]

1.

To deposit in a place of hiding; to hide; to conceal; as, to secrete stolen goods; to secrete one's self.

2. Physiol.

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. Carpenter.

Syn. -- To conceal; hide. See Conceal.

 

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