[rek-ruh-muh nt]
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Origin of recrement

1590–1600; < Middle French < Latin recrēmentum dross, refuse, equivalent to re- re- + crē-, variant stem of cernere to sift, discern + -mentum -ment
Related formsrec·re·men·tal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for recrement


  1. physiol any substance, such as bile, that is secreted from a part of the body and later reabsorbed instead of being excreted
  2. waste matter; refuse; dross
Derived Formsrecremental, adjective

Word Origin for recrement

C16: via Old French from Latin recrēmentum slag, filth, from re- + cernere to sift
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Word Origin and History for recrement

"dross, scum," 1590s, from French récrément (mid-16c.) or directly from Latin recrementum, from re- (see re-) + cernere "to sift, separate" (see crisis).

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