egestion

noun

eges·​tion i-ˈjes-chən How to pronounce egestion (audio)
-ˈjesh-
: the act or process of discharging undigested or waste material from a cell or organism
specifically : defecation
egest transitive verb
egestive adjective

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1547, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of egestion was in 1547

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Cite this Entry

“Egestion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/egestion. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

egestion

noun
eges·​tion i-ˈjes(h)-chən How to pronounce egestion (audio)
: the act or process of discharging undigested or waste material from a cell or organism
specifically : defecation
egest transitive verb
egestive adjective

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