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- Physiology. a secretion, as saliva, that is reabsorbed by the body.
- refuse separated from anything; dross.
Origin of recrement
1590–1600;Related formsrec·re·men·tal, adjective
< Middle French
< Latin recrēmentum
dross, refuse, equivalent to re- re-
variant stem of cernere
to sift, discern
+ -mentum -ment
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British Dictionary definitions for recrement
Derived Formsrecremental, adjective
- 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
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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