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verb (used with object),ex·cret·ed, ex·cret·ing.
  1. to separate and eliminate from an organic body; separate and expel from the blood or tissues, as waste or harmful matter.

Origin of excrete

First recorded in 1610–20; from Latin excrētus “sifted out,” past participle of excernere “to sift out, separate,” from ex-ex-1 + cernere “to decide, separate, sift”

Other words from excrete

  • ex·cret·er, noun
  • ex·cre·tive, adjective
  • un·ex·cret·ed, adjective

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How to use excrete in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for excrete


/ (ɪkˈskriːt) /

  1. to discharge (waste matter, such as urine, sweat, carbon dioxide, or faeces) from the body through the kidneys, skin, lungs, bowels, etc

  2. (of plants) to eliminate (waste matter, such as carbon dioxide and salts) through the leaves, roots, etc

Origin of excrete

C17: from Latin excernere to separate, discharge, from cernere to sift

Derived forms of excrete

  • excreter, noun
  • excretion, noun
  • excretive or excretory, adjective

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