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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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 Others such as saccharin and sucralose are not broken down at all but instead are absorbed directly into the bloodstream and excreted in the urine. Eunice Zhang, Washington Post, "Diet drinks may seem like a good idea, but their effects may surprise you," 3 June 2018 Plants become yellow, drop leaves, and may die and honeydew is excreted onto foliage and fruit. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "10 Most Destructive Garden Insects And How To Get Rid Of Them," 3 June 2016 These aquatic insects, found worldwide, excrete a sticky silk from their mouths and use it to build a hard case from objects in their habitat, which includes stones, leaves, and shells. National Geographic, "Meet the Bug That Armors Itself With Shells," 23 June 2018 What’s more, drugs can still be detected even after the user washes their hands, because the substances are continually excreted after use. Melanie Bailey, Scientific American, "The Hidden Data in Your Fingerprints," 27 Apr. 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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