[ ek-skruh-muh nt ]
/ ˈɛk skrə mənt /


waste matter discharged from the body, especially feces.

Nearby words

  1. excommunicative,
  2. excommunicatory,
  3. excoriate,
  4. excoriation,
  5. excorticate,
  6. excremental,
  7. excrementally,
  8. excrementitious,
  9. excrementous,
  10. excrescence

Origin of excrement

1525–35; < Latin excrēmentum, equivalent to excrē- (perfect stem of excernere to excrete) + -mentum -ment

Related formsex·cre·men·tous [ek-skruh-men-tuh s] /ˌɛk skrəˈmɛn təs/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for excrement


/ (ˈɛkskrɪmənt) /


waste matter discharged from the body, esp faeces; excreta
Derived Formsexcremental (ˌɛkskrɪˈmɛntəl) or excrementitious (ˌɛkskrɪmɛnˈtɪʃəs), adjective

Word Origin for excrement

C16: from Latin excrēmentum, from excernere to sift, excrete

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Word Origin and History for excrement



1530s, "waste discharged from the body," from Latin excrementum, from stem of excretus, past participle of excernere "to sift out, discharge," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + cernere "sift, separate" (see crisis). Originally any bodily secretion, especially from the bowels; exclusive sense of "feces" is since mid-18c.

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Medicine definitions for excrement


[ ĕkskrə-mənt ]


Waste matter or any excretion cast out of the body, especially feces.

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