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[ee-jes-tuh, ih-jes-] /iˈdʒɛs tə, ɪˈdʒɛs-/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
matter egested from the body, as excrement or other waste.
Origin of egesta
1780-90; neuter plural of Latin ēgestus carried out. See egest Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It feeds, in fact, if we may judge from its egesta, upon the slime or moistened clay with which its hole is lined.

    Insect Architecture James Rennie
  • The weight of a working full-grown horse does not vary from day to day, as the weight of its egesta is equal to that of its food.

    The Stock-Feeder's Manual Charles Alexander Cameron
  • Many patients are averse to food, and where little is taken in, the egesta must be inconsiderable.

  • If Nicias was prepared for the news from egesta, his two colleagues were taken completely by surprise.

  • But they were especially incited by envoys from egesta, who had come to Athens and invoked their aid more urgently than ever.

  • On their return to Athens these men reported that egesta was possessed of fabulous riches.

British Dictionary definitions for egesta


plural noun
anything egested, as waste material from the body; excrement
Word Origin
C18: from Latin, literally: (things) carried out; see egest
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egesta in Medicine

egesta e·ges·ta (ē-jěs'tə)
Unabsorbed food residues that are discharged from the digestive tract.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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