[ rek-ruh-muh nt ]
/ ˈrɛk rə mənt /


Physiology. a secretion, as saliva, that is reabsorbed by the body.
refuse separated from anything; dross.

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 forms

rec·re·men·tal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for recrement


/ (ˈrɛkrɪmənt) /


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

Derived Forms

recremental, adjective

Word Origin for recrement

C16: via Old French from Latin recrēmentum slag, filth, from re- + cernere to sift
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