to separate and eliminate from an organic body; separate and expel from the blood or tissues, as waste or harmful matter.
- ex·cret·er, noun
- ex·cre·tive, adjective
- un·ex·cret·ed, adjective
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How to use excrete in a sentence
More photosynthesis means more carbon dioxide is siphoned out of the atmosphere and excreted back into the earth as organic compounds.
The compound allyl methyl sulphide takes longer for the body to metabolize and excrete than the others, so the next time you have garlic breath, you will know why.There’s a science to food pairing, and you can learn it here | Peter Coucquyt, Bernard Lahousse, and Johan Langenbick | October 22, 2020 | Popular-Science
Plants excrete oxygen as their waste product — and we can’t live without it.
When we breathe out that carbon dioxide, we are excreting it.
They excrete their chemical waste through the membrane that separates them from their environment.
Ebola causes the body to excrete fluids that are teeming with the virus.
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 | Anneli Rufus | December 9, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
In disease, the amount of solids depends mainly upon the activity of metabolism and the ability of the kidneys to excrete.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
Now the system labours to excrete them in solution, even when in excess; and often succeeds in doing so.The Action of Medicines in the System | Frederick William Headland
In fact, this fluid would seem to be produced by most of the Rhynchota, for the Psyllid and Aleurodid also excrete it.
They excrete a sweet, sticky liquid called “honey-dew,” and cause the leaves to curl or drop.Studies of Trees | Jacob Joshua Levison
A little duct or vessel, destined to receive secreted fluids, and to excrete or discharge them; also, a secretory vessel.A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition) | Calvin Cutter
British Dictionary definitions for excrete
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
- excreter, noun
- excretion, noun
- excretive or excretory, adjective
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