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

  • n. The act or process of discharging waste matter from the blood, tissues, or organs.
  • n. The matter, such as urine or sweat, that is so excreted.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The process of removing or ejecting material that has no further utility, especially from the body; the act of excreting.
  • n. Something being excreted in that manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of excreting.
  • n. That which is excreted; excrement.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of excreting.
  • n. The substance excreted, as sweat or urine, or certain juices in plants.
  • n. Synonyms Excretion, Secretion. Secretion is the more general word, and includes excretion. The latter is restricted to the elimination of useless or harmful substances from the body. Thus, the secretion of saliva or of milk would not be called excretion; but the latter term would be applied to the secretion of the urine. Both terms are applied to the products as well as to the functions.

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

  • n. waste matter (as urine or sweat but especially feces) discharged from the body
  • n. the bodily process of discharging waste matter


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