excreta

plural noun
ex·​cre·​ta | \ik-ˈskrē-tə \

Definition of excreta 

: waste matter (such as feces) eliminated or separated from the body

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Other Words from excreta

excretal \ ik-​ˈskrē-​tᵊl \ adjective

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Indian media reports say that the insects leave behind a green residue, perhaps their excreta, which must be treated annually. Huizhong Wu, CNN, "Indian court warns about Taj Mahal discoloration," 2 May 2018 Analyses by the team, including carbon dating, suggest that the excreta dug up at the Traversette site could date to well within the ballpark of the Punic forces’ traverse. Smithsonian, "How (and Where) Did Hannibal Cross the Alps?," 29 July 2017 Fish and other animals shed DNA into the water, in the form of cells, secretions or excreta. Mark Stoeckle, Smithsonian, "Scientists Can Tell What Fish Live Where Based On DNA in the Water," 13 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of excreta

1853, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for excreta

New Latin, from Latin, neuter plural of excretus

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excreta

noun plural
ex·​cre·​ta | \ik-ˈskrēt-ə \

Medical Definition of excreta 

: waste matter (as feces) eliminated or separated from the body — compare excretion sense 2

Other Words from excreta

excretal \ -​ˈskrēt-​ᵊl \ adjective

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