- 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
Examples from the Web for defecation
Defecation by repose is always better than filtration, owing to the more or less viscidity of the suspended matter.
Skimmings comprise the matters separated from the cane juice during the processes of defecation and evaporation.
After defecation the patient should rest for a little while in the recumbent attitude.
He should insist upon the importance of habits of regularity in defecation.
Vegetable infusions and decoctions may be cleared by defecation followed by filtration.
- (intr) to discharge waste from the body through the anus
- (tr) to clarify or remove impurities from (a solution, esp of sugar)
Word Origin and History for defecation
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.
- To void feces from the bowels.