egestion

noun
eges·​tion | \ i-ˈjes-chən How to pronounce egestion (audio) , -ˈjesh- \

Definition of egestion

: the act or process of discharging undigested or waste material from a cell or organism specifically : defecation

Other Words from egestion

egest \ i-​ˈjest How to pronounce egest (audio) \ transitive verb
egestive \ i-​ˈje-​stiv How to pronounce egestive (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of egestion

1547, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for egestion

Middle English egestioun, borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French egestion, borrowed from Latin ēgestiōn-, ēgestiō, from ēges-, variant stem of ēgerere "to carry away, remove, discharge" (from ē- e- entry 1 + gerere "to carry, bear") + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at jest entry 1

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“Egestion.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/egestion. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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egestion

noun
eges·​tion | \ i-ˈjes(h)-chən How to pronounce egestion (audio) \

Medical Definition of egestion

: the act or process of discharging undigested or waste material from a cell or organism specifically : defecation

Other Words from egestion

egest \ i-​ˈjest How to pronounce egest (audio) \ transitive verb
egestive \ -​ˈjes-​tiv How to pronounce egestive (audio) \ adjective

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