[ def-i-keyt ]
/ ˈdɛf ɪˌkeɪt /
verb (used without object), def·e·cat·ed, def·e·cat·ing.
to void excrement from the bowels through the anus; have a bowel movement.
to become clear of dregs, impurities, etc.
verb (used with object), def·e·cat·ed, def·e·cat·ing.
to clear of dregs, impurities, etc.; purify; refine.
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Origin of defecate
OTHER WORDS FROM defecatedef·e·ca·tion, noun
Words nearby defecate
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British Dictionary definitions for defecate
/ (ˈdɛfɪˌkeɪt) /
(intr) to discharge waste from the body through the anus
(tr) to clarify or remove impurities from (a solution, esp of sugar)
Derived forms of defecatedefecation or defaecation, noundefecator or defaecator, noun
Word Origin for defecate
C16: from Latin dēfaecāre to cleanse from dregs, from de- + faex sediment, dregs
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Medical definitions for defecate
[ dĕf′ĭ-kāt′ ]
To void feces from the bowels.
Other words from defecatedef′e•ca′tion n.
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