excrete

verb
ex·​crete | \ ik-ˈskrēt How to pronounce excrete (audio) \
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

Examples of excrete in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The weakened virus used in vaccines replicates for a short time in children’s intestines and is excreted in their feces. Jim Gomez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Philippines declares new polio outbreak after 19 years," 19 Sep. 2019 The company said the drug significantly decreased the average amount of urinary oxalate excreted over 24-hours, as measured over the course of three months and that the drug met six other, secondary endpoints. Kate Sheridan, STAT, "Alnylam chalks up another win with phase 3 trial of a liver-disease drug," 17 Dec. 2019 For example, European herring gulls that feast on landfills can have up to eight times more nitrogen in their poop than wild-feeding birds of the same species, while the wild-feeding birds excrete about twice as much phosphorus. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "Sea gulls love In-N-Out but their diet may be changing their pristine island homes," 3 Nov. 2019 Comprehensive analyses of bacterial metabolic products revealed that acetic acid excreted by the NCC2705 strain in the gut inhibited the activity of a toxin produced by the pathogenic E. coli (Shiga toxin). Enea Rezzonico, Scientific American, "Nestlé's research on nutrition and the human gut microbiome," 17 Feb. 2015 With the continual exposure most people are subject to and the slow rate at which PFAS are excreted, these chemicals gradually build up in the body over time, according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). Awesome! Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "WTF Are Forever Chemicals?," 27 Sep. 2019 For example, European herring gulls that feast on landfills can have up to eight times more nitrogen in their poop than wild-feeding birds of the same species, while the wild-feeding birds excrete about twice as much phosphorus. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "Sea gulls love In-N-Out but their diet may be changing their pristine island homes," 3 Nov. 2019 The plant’s seeds can be spread by the wind, by being trapped in farm equipment that’s moved from different areas, by being included with other types of seeds that are shipped around the U.S. and by birds that eat the seeds and later excrete them. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "Connecticut crops threatened by new invasive herbicide-resistant weed," 12 Aug. 2014 For example, European herring gulls that feast on landfills can have up to eight times more nitrogen in their poop than wild-feeding birds of the same species, while the wild-feeding birds excrete about twice as much phosphorus. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "Sea gulls love In-N-Out but their diet may be changing their pristine island homes," 3 Nov. 2019

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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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18 Jan 2020

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“Excrete.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excrete. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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excrete

verb
How to pronounce excrete (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of excrete

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

excrete

verb
ex·​crete | \ ik-ˈskrēt How to pronounce excrete (audio) \
excreted; excreting

Kids Definition of excrete

: to separate and give off cellular waste matter from the body usually as urine or sweat
ex·​crete | \ ik-ˈskrēt How to pronounce excrete (audio) \
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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