- to void excrement from the bowels through the anus; have a bowel movement.
- to become clear of dregs, impurities, etc.
- to clear of dregs, impurities, etc.; purify; refine.
Origin of defecate
Related Words for defecatessecrete, void, expel, evacuate, excrete, eliminate, discharge, exude, emit, empty, defecate, ejaculate, eject, leak, remove, perspire, produce, pass, exhale, urinate
- (intr) to discharge waste from the body through the anus
- (tr) to clarify or remove impurities from (a solution, esp of sugar)
Word Origin for defecate
1570s, "to purify," from Latin defaecatus, past participle of defaecare "cleanse from dregs, purify," from the phrase de faece "from dregs" (plural faeces; see feces). Excretory sense first recorded 1830 (defecation), American English, from French. Related: Defecated; defecating.
- To void feces from the bowels.