verb (used without object), def·e·cat·ed, def·e·cat·ing.
verb (used with object), def·e·cat·ed, def·e·cat·ing.
Origin of defecate
Examples from the Web for defecation
Skimmings comprise the matters separated from the cane juice during the processes of defecation and evaporation.
Moll's case was one of symbolism of act, the excreta offering no attraction apart from the process of defecation.
When the desire for defecation comes, we are too busy and postpone it until some more convenient time, which time may be too late.Herself|E. B. Lowry
He should insist upon the importance of habits of regularity in defecation.
In summer I would go into the woods, undress myself in a secluded spot and indulge in the voluptuous pleasures of defecation.
Word Origin for defecate
1620s, from Late Latin defecationem (nominative deficatio), from defecat-, past participle stem of Latin defecare (see defecate). An Old English word for "bowel movement" was arse-gang literally "arse-going."
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.