excretion

1
[ ik-skree-shuh n ]
/ ɪkˈskri ʃən /

noun

the act of excreting.
the substance excreted, as urine or sweat, or certain plant products.

Nearby words

  1. excrescency,
  2. excrescent,
  3. excrescently,
  4. excreta,
  5. excrete,
  6. excretory,
  7. excretory duct,
  8. excretory ductule of lacrimal gland,
  9. excretory gland,
  10. excretory system

Origin of excretion

1
1595–1605; < Late Latin excrētiōn- (stem of excrētiō) that which is sifted out. See excrete, -ion

excretion

2
[ ik-skree-shuh n ]
/ ɪkˈskri ʃən /

noun

the state of being excrescent.
an excrescence.

Origin of excretion

2
1605–15; < Late Latin excrētiōn- (stem of excrētiō), equivalent to Latin excrēt(us) (past participle of excrēscere; see ex-1, crescent) + iōn- -ion

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Word Origin and History for excretion

excretion

n.

c.1600, from French excrétion (16c.), from Latin excretionem, noun of action from past participle stem of excernere "to discharge" (see excrement).

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Medicine definitions for excretion

excretion

[ ĭk-skrēshən ]

n.

The act or process of discharging waste matter from the blood, tissues, or organs.
The matter, such as urine, feces, or sweat, that is so excreted.

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Science definitions for excretion

excretion

[ ĭk-skrēshən ]

The elimination by an organism of waste products that result from metabolic processes. In plants, waste is minimal and is eliminated primarily by diffusion to the outside environment. Animals have specific organs of excretion. In vertebrates, the kidney filters blood, conserving water and producing urea and other waste products in the form of urine. The urine is then passed through the ureters to the bladder and discharged through the urethra. The skin and lungs, which eliminate carbon dioxide, are also excretory organs.
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