plural noun
ex·​cre·​ta | \ ik-ˈskrē-tə How to pronounce excreta (audio) \

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 How to pronounce excretal (audio) \ adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web In the December 20th edition of the Journal of Cleaner Production, the same Israeli group published a similar study with human excreta. Steve Mirsky, Scientific American, "Researchers Show How Not to Waste Waste," 1 Feb. 2019 The virus is released via their saliva, urine, and excreta. Nupur Anand, Quartz India, "A southern Indian state is in the grip of the deadly Nipah virus again," 5 June 2019 Other such treatments in history included cigarettes laced with mercury or arsenic, port-wine enemas, the excreta of chameleons and Indian river snakes, and the gastric juices of crows. Adrian Woolfson, WSJ, "‘The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth’ Review: Desperate Remedies," 12 Dec. 2018 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

1757, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for excreta

New Latin, from Latin, neuter plural of excretus

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The first known use of excreta was in 1757

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“Excreta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excreta. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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noun plural
ex·​cre·​ta | \ ik-ˈskrēt-ə How to pronounce excreta (audio) \

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 How to pronounce excretal (audio) \ adjective

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