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noun (usually used with a plural verb)
  1. excreted matter, as urine, feces, or sweat.
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Origin of excreta

1855–60; < Latin excrēta things sifted out or separated, neuter plural of excrētus; see excrete
Related formsex·cre·tal, adjective
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pl n
  1. waste matter, such as urine, faeces, or sweat, discharged from the body; excrement
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Derived Formsexcretal, adjective

Word Origin

C19: New Latin, from Latin excernere to excrete
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excreta in Medicine


  1. Waste matter, such as sweat or feces, discharged from the body.
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Related formsex•cretal adj.
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