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/ ɪkˈskrit /

verb (used with object), ex·cret·ed, ex·cret·ing.

to separate and eliminate from an organic body; separate and expel from the blood or tissues, as waste or harmful matter.

Origin of excrete

1610–20; < Latin excrētus (past participle of excernere to sift out, separate), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + crē- (perfect stem of cernere to sift) + -tus past participle suffix


ex·cret·er, nounex·cre·tive, adjectiveun·ex·cret·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for excrete

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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

Derived forms of excrete

excreter, nounexcretion, nounexcretive or excretory, adjective

Word Origin for excrete

C17: from Latin excernere to separate, discharge, from cernere to sift
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Medical definitions for excrete

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To eliminate waste material from the body.
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