Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Secreting internally.
  • adj. Of or relating to endocrine glands or the hormones secreted by them.
  • n. The secretion of an endocrine gland; a hormone.
  • n. An endocrine gland.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Producing internal secretions that are transported around the body by the bloodstream.
  • adj. Pertaining to the endocrine glands or their secretions.
  • n. The secretion of an endocrine gland.
  • n. An endocrine gland.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or belonging to endocrine glands or their secretions
  • n. any of the glands of the endocrine system that secrete hormones directly into the bloodstream
  • n. the secretion of an endocrine gland that is transmitted by the blood to the tissue on which it has a specific effect

Etymologies

French : Greek endo-, endo- + Greek krīnein, to separate; see krei- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From endo- + Ancient Greek κρίνειν (krinein, "to separate"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • That's a direct quote from one of my all-time heroines, Dr. Theo Colborn, author of "Our Stolen Future" and one of the scientists who coined the term "endocrine disruption" 20 years ago.

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  • While research continues, some suggest that long-term exposure to DEHP and other phthalates, particularly among children, results in endocrine disruption that could lead to changes in hormone levels, including an appearance of some female characteristics in young adolescent males and — some research suggests — a reduction in penis size.

    The Explainer: Plastics

  • The vibrations from the environment are picked up by the hormonal interface that we call the endocrine system.

    T.S. Wiley: Can Sleep Loss Destroy Your Immune System?

  • PBBs are known as endocrine disrupters: toxic chemicals that get inside the body and turn its hormonal systems upside down.

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  • As well as demonstrating the effects of hormones on developing animals, Dr Monclus and her colleagues believe that the findings show how much of an impact chemicals that mimic the effects of hormones, which are known as endocrine disrupters, could have on wildlife.

    BBC News - Home

  • She has largely studied obesity in children and the link between childhood obesity and its long-term endocrine consequences, including pubertal maturation and development of diabetes over the life course.

    Newswise: Latest News

  • The chemical is in many ways the poster child for a class of chemicals known as endocrine disruptors -- substances that tinker with the body's hormones.

    The Center for Public Integrity: Federal regulators have failed to act on toxic chemical, report says

  • ”Researchers are particularly nervous about the weed killer atrazine, BPA and other chemicals known as endocrine disruptors.

    Industrial Chemicals Lurking In Your Bloodstream

  • These pesticides are called endocrine disruptors, and one example is the weed killer atrazine.

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  • They linger on, for example, in the sluggish response of health authorities to the current threat posed to fetuses by the class of chemicals known as endocrine disruptors, found in plastics and other commonly used products.

    Origins

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