excrete

verb
ex·​crete | \ik-ˈskrēt \
excreted; excreting

Definition of excrete 

transitive verb

: to separate and eliminate or discharge (waste) from the blood, tissues, or organs or from the active protoplasm

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Other Words from excrete

excreter noun

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The sheer abundance of fatty acids overwhelms the fat cells, causing them to malfunction and die, after which, they're metabolized by the body and excreted as waste. Jolene Edgar, Allure, "What Is EMSulpt? Here's Everything You Need to Know About the Body-Contouring Treatment," 17 Sep. 2018 Those issues included abnormal levels of liver enzymes and bilirubin (a compound usually excreted by the liver). Korin Miller, SELF, "Turmeric Supplements May Have Caused This Woman's Liver Disease," 24 Sep. 2018 Diabulimia is the intentional restriction of insulin by people with type 1 diabetes to induce weight loss by excreting blood sugar through the urine. Carrie Dennett, The Seattle Times, "It’s a dangerous eating disorder that affects people with diabetes. So why haven’t you heard of it?," 20 Aug. 2018 Some people swear by certain types of vitamin B, including thiamine (B1), an excess of which is excreted through the skin and is said to repel mosquitoes. Heidi Mitchell, WSJ, "Is There an Alternative Way to Prevent Bug Bites?," 28 July 2018 A few years ago, Canadian researchers noted that bedbugs excrete histamine among a potpourri of pheromones that attract their kind to coveted crevices for lurking. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "More nightmare fuel: Bedbugs create cesspool of poop and histamine in your bed," 14 Feb. 2018 Aphids suck plant sap, causing foliage to distort and leaves to drop; honeydew excreted on leaves supports sooty mold growth; and feeding spreads viral diseases. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "10 Most Destructive Garden Insects And How To Get Rid Of Them," 3 June 2016 The rest is excreted in urine or feces, and can end up in wastewater, according to Harvard Health Publishing. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Cocaine in the Water Is Hurting River Eels," 20 June 2018 During fetal development, that RNA that’s excreted from cells into the blood plasma leaves behind clues about what development may have occurred. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Why doctors are so bad at predicting pregnancy due dates," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of excrete

1620, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for excrete

Latin excretus, past participle of excernere to sift out, discharge, from ex- + cernere to sift — more at certain

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excrete

verb

English Language Learners Definition of excrete

: to pass (waste matter) from the body or from an organ in the body

excrete

verb
ex·​crete | \ik-ˈskrēt \
excreted; excreting

Kids Definition of excrete

: to separate and give off cellular waste matter from the body usually as urine or sweat

excrete

transitive verb
ex·​crete | \ik-ˈskrēt \
excreted; excreting

Medical Definition of excrete 

: to separate and eliminate or discharge (waste) from the blood, tissues, or organs or from the active protoplasm

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