noun plural \ˈfē-(ˌ)sēz\

: solid waste that is released from the body

Full Definition of FECES

:  bodily waste discharged through the anus :  excrement

Examples of FECES

  1. <examined the animal's feces for signs of intestinal parasites>

Origin of FECES

Middle English, from Latin faec-, faex (singular) dregs
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with FECES


noun plural    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of FECES

: bodily waste discharged through the anus : excrement

Variants of FECES

fe·ces or chiefly British fae·ces \ˈfē-(ˌ)sēz\


   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Solid bodily waste discharged from the colon through the anus during defecation. Normal feces are 75% water. The rest is about 30% dead bacteria, 30% indigestible food matter, 10–20% cholesterol and other fats, 10–20% inorganic substances, and 2–3% protein. The colour and odour are produced by bacterial action on chemical constituents. Many disorders produce abnormalities in the feces, usually constipation or diarrhea. Bleeding in the stomach or intestines may show up as dark red to black stools. Tests are needed to detect small amounts (occult blood). High fat content usually indicates disease of the pancreas or small intestine. Many diseases are spread by contamination of food with feces of infected persons.

Variants of FECES

feces or excrement or stools


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