[ ih-muhngk-tuh-ree ]
/ ɪˈmʌŋk tə ri /

noun, plural e·munc·to·ries.

a part or organ of the body, as the skin or a kidney, that functions in carrying off waste products.


Words nearby emunctory

Origin of emunctory

1535–45; < New Latin ēmunctōrium (noun), ēmunctōrius (adj.), equivalent to Latin ēmung(ere) to wipe one's nose (ē- e-1 + -mungere, akin to mūcus mucus) + -tōrium -tory2, -tōrius -tory1
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British Dictionary definitions for emunctory

/ (ɪˈmʌŋktərɪ, -trɪ) /


of or relating to a bodily organ or duct having an excretory function

noun plural -ries

an excretory organ or duct, such as a skin pore

Word Origin for emunctory

C16: from New Latin ēmunctōrium, from Latin ēmungere to wipe clean, from mungere to wipe
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Medicine definitions for emunctory

[ ĭ-mŭngktə-rē ]


Serving to carry waste out of the body; excretory.


An organ or duct that removes or carries waste from the body.
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