- to separate and eliminate from an organic body; separate and expel from the blood or tissues, as waste or harmful matter.
Origin of excrete
Related Words for excretesecrete, ejaculate, eject, expel, leak, void, remove, evacuate, perspire, produce, eliminate, pass, exhale, urinate, exude, emanate, sweat, exudate, defecate, egest
Examples from the Web for excrete
Contemporary Examples of excrete
Ebola causes the body to excrete fluids that are teeming with the virus.New York Nurses Are the Calm in Ebola’s Storm
October 21, 2014
Hormonal excesses in the blood require a clean and healthy liver to metabolize and excrete.Can Food Make You Infertile? Foods to Eat and Avoid
December 9, 2011
Historical Examples of excrete
The lungs also excrete a large proportion of waste matter from the system.Popular Education
Certain Coccideae also excrete honey-dew, especially in the tropics.Disease in Plants
H. Marshall Ward
This water had been obtained from a well into which the excrete from a typhus patient had percolated from a privy.
Worms, amphibia, fishes, and snails form another group which excrete much less carbonic acid.
Careful watching showed that the plant-lice after this interval did not excrete the sweet fluid.A Book of Natural History
- to discharge (waste matter, such as urine, sweat, carbon dioxide, or faeces) from the body through the kidneys, skin, lungs, bowels, etc
- (of plants) to eliminate (waste matter, such as carbon dioxide and salts) through the leaves, roots, etc
Word Origin for excrete
Word Origin and History for excrete
1610s, from Latin excretus, past participle of excernere (see excrement). Related: Excreted; excreting.
- To eliminate waste material from the body.