Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Secretion

Suggested by Erin H.

Definition: (from dictionary.com)
-noun
1. (in a cell or gland) the act or process of separating, elaborating, and releasing a substance that fulfills some function within the organism or undergoes excretion
2. the product of this act or process

Examples:
"Christopher, secretion is a biological process - not something you do at the dinner table."
"I bet poison dart frogs are like, 'Hey bird, I made this secretion just for you!'"

Origin: (from etymonline.com)
"1640s, 'act of secreting;' 1732, '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.'"

Awkwardness rating: 6

Secretion: that's just how a poison dart frog rolls. (picture24gallery.blogspot.com)