noun (used with a plural verb)
waste matter discharged from the intestines through the anus; excrement.
- fecal vomiting,
- fechner, gustav theodor,
- fechner-weber law,
Also especially British, fae·ces.
Origin of feces
1425–75; late Middle English < Latin faecēs grounds, dregs, sediment (plural of faex)
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British Dictionary definitions for feces
the usual US spelling of faeces
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Word Origin and History for fecesn.
also faeces, c.1400, "dregs," from Latin faeces "sediment, dregs," plural of faex (genitive faecis) "grounds, sediment, lees, dregs," of unknown origin. Specific sense of "human excrement" is from 1630s.
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Medicine definitions for feces
The matter that is discharged from the bowel during defecation; excrement.stercus
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Science definitions for feces
Waste matter eliminated from the intestinal tract.
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Culture definitions for feces
Excrement; the waste material that is passed to the outside from the rectum through the anus.
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