- a part or organ of the body, as the skin or a kidney, that functions in carrying off waste products.
Origin of emunctory
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A nose is "the prominence on the face which is the organ of scent, and the emunctory of the brain."
Emunctory, e-mungk′tor-i, n. an organ of the body that carries off waste: an excretory duct.
- of or relating to a bodily organ or duct having an excretory function
- 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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- 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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