noun (used with a plural verb)

waste matter discharged from the intestines through the anus; excrement.
dregs; sediment.

Nearby words

  1. fecal vomiting,
  2. fecalith,
  3. fecaloid,
  4. fecaloma,
  5. fecaluria,
  6. fechner,
  7. fechner, gustav theodor,
  8. fechner-weber law,
  9. fecht,
  10. fecit

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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Examples from the Web for feces

  • Feces containing tape-worm segments may continue to be a source of infection for as long as a fortnight.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology|William Albert Riley

British Dictionary definitions for feces


pl n

the usual US spelling of faeces
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Word Origin and History for feces



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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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