[ek-skri-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, ik-skree-tuh-ree]


pertaining to or concerned in excretion; having the function of excreting: excretory organs.

Origin of excretory

First recorded in 1675–85; excrete + -ory1
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Related Words for excretory

cathartic, purgative, aperient, evacuant, expulsive

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Word Origin and History for excretory

1680s, from excrete + -ory.

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excretory in Medicine




Of, relating to, or used in excretion.
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