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[ee-jes-tuh, ih-jes-]
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noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
  1. matter egested from the body, as excrement or other waste.
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Origin of egesta

1780–90; neuter plural of Latin ēgestus carried out. See egest
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Historical Examples

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

    Insect Architecture

    James Rennie

  • 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
  1. anything egested, as waste material from the body; excrement
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Word Origin

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


  1. Unabsorbed food residues that are discharged from the digestive tract.
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