endocrine[en′dō krin′, -krīn′, -krēn′; -də-]
- The definition of endocrine is relating to a gland that produces hormones or the hormones themselves.
An example of endocrine used as an adjective is in the phrase "endocrine system," which means the system of glands and hormone production in the body.
- Endocrine is defined as a gland that creates hormones or the hormones created by that gland.
An example of endocrine is the thyroid gland or the thyroxine produced by the thyroid.
- designating or of any gland producing one or more hormones
- designating or of such a hormone
Origin of endocrineendo- + Classical Greek krinein, to separate: see crisis
- Secreting internally.
- Of or relating to endocrine glands or the hormones secreted by them.
- The secretion of an endocrine gland; a hormone.
- An endocrine gland.
Origin of endocrineFrench : Greek endo-, endo- + Greek krīnein, to separate; see krei- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more endocrine, superlative most endocrine)
- Producing internal secretions that are transported around the body by the bloodstream.
- Pertaining to the endocrine glands or their secretions.
From endo- + Ancient Greek κρίνειν (krinein, “to separate”).