secern

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin secerno (to sever).

Verb[edit]

secern (third-person singular simple present secerns, present participle secerning, simple past and past participle secerned)

  1. To discriminate, distinguish
  2. (medicine) To secrete
    • 1734, William Stukeley, Of the Gout, page 46:
      Further, the joint-glands themselves grow rigid, and secern less of their proper humour.