ex·​cre·​ment | \ ˈek-skrə-mənt How to pronounce excrement (audio) \

Definition of excrement

: waste matter discharged from the body especially : feces

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Other Words from excrement

excremental \ ˌek-​skrə-​ˈmen-​tᵊl How to pronounce excremental (audio) \ adjective
excrementitious \ ˌek-​skrə-​ˌmen-​ˈti-​shəs How to pronounce excrementitious (audio) , -​mən-​ \ adjective

Examples of excrement in a Sentence

an ordinance that requires dog walkers to remove their animal's excrement from city streets
Recent Examples on the Web The stench lingered for weeks after a sewage spill overwhelmed more than 3 miles of Broward County canals with human excrement and wastewater. Larry Barszewski, sun-sentinel.com, "Massive sewage spill leads to $200,000 in fines and a river of doubts," 7 Dec. 2019 Nowadays, memes go through the internet like excrement through the titular character of the The Untitled Goose Game. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "The 8 Most Important Memes of 2019," 21 Dec. 2019 Worse, a kid riding his Big Wheel on the sidewalks of Rego Park would find himself in an obstacle course of canine excrement — to my recollection, no one picked up after his dog, either. David Harsanyi, National Review, "Dump of a City," 5 Dec. 2019 Whale excrement is so rich in iron and nitrogen that whale bowel movements trigger blooms of microscopic phytoplankton. Ben Guarino, Anchorage Daily News, "Living whales are worth an enormous amount of money," 4 Nov. 2019 Funny as that may sound, there's a real health goal here: collecting enough excrement data to analyze it all with AI. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "This Company Wants Photos of Your Poop. For Science.," 31 Oct. 2019 Generally, FMTs aim to use microbe-laden bodily products—in this case excrement—to introduce or restore rich, complex microbial communities into the innards of ailing recipients. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Transplanting poop can be beneficial—swapping vaginal fluids may be even better," 27 Sep. 2019 According to the Times, the entomologist and his colleagues collected specimens by digging through seal and penguin excrement. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "How Antarctica’s Only Native Insect Survives the Freezing Temperatures," 10 Sep. 2019 City workers have been cleaning up this location as often as twice a month since 2017, hauling away trash, drug paraphernalia and human excrement. Sara Cline, ExpressNews.com, "‘The worst it’s been’ — clearing San Antonio homeless encampments no easy task," 29 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of excrement

1533, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for excrement

Latin excrementum, from excernere

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13 Jan 2020

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“Excrement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excrement. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of excrement

formal : solid waste passed out of the body


ex·​cre·​ment | \ ˈek-skrə-mənt How to pronounce excrement (audio) \

Medical Definition of excrement

: waste matter discharged from the body especially : feces

Other Words from excrement

excremental \ ˌek-​skrə-​ˈment-​ᵊl How to pronounce excremental (audio) \ adjective
excrementitious \ -​ˌmen-​ˈtish-​əs How to pronounce excrementitious (audio) \ adjective

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