[ ek-skri-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, ik-skree-tuh-ree ]
/ ˈɛk skrɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ɪkˈskri tə ri /


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

Nearby words

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

Origin of excretory

First recorded in 1675–85; excrete + -ory1

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Word Origin and History for excretory



1680s, from excrete + -ory.

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Medicine definitions for excretory


[ ĕkskrĭ-tôr′ē ]


Of, relating to, or used in excretion.

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