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Jul 16, 2014
This week's theme
Words that appear to be misspellings

This week's words
vizard
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secretory
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secretory

PRONUNCIATION:
(si-KREE-tuh-ree)

MEANING:
adjective: Relating to the release of a substance from a cell, gland, or an organ.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin secernere (to distinguish), from se- (apart) + cernere (to sift). Ultimately from the Indo-European root krei- (to sift or to discriminate), which also gave us crime, crisis, certain, excrement, secret, critic, garble, hypocrisy, and diacritical. Earliest documented use: 1692.

USAGE:
"The secret behind such organised societies is communication through the use of around 20 pheromones, emitted by ants' secretory organs."
Wisdom of Crowds; The Economist (London, UK); Apr 8, 2009.

See more usage examples of secretory in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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