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[rek-ruh-muh nt]
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  1. Physiology. a secretion, as saliva, that is reabsorbed by the body.
  2. refuse separated from anything; dross.
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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
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Related Words for recrement

lava, glut, waste, exuberance, surplus, overkill, refuse, trash, impurity, dregs, scum, slag, sediment, lees, scoria, residue, ashes, dross, cinders, profusion

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
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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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