[ee-jes-tuh, ih-jes-]

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for egesta

Historical Examples of egesta

  • It feeds, in fact, if we may judge from its egesta, upon the slime or moistened clay with which its hole is lined.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for egesta


pl n

anything egested, as waste material from the body; excrement

Word Origin for egesta

C18: from Latin, literally: (things) carried out; see egest
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egesta in Medicine




Unabsorbed food residues that are discharged from the digestive tract.
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