excretory

adjective
ex·​cre·​to·​ry | \ ˈek-skrə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce excretory (audio) \

Definition of excretory

: of, relating to, or functioning in excretion excretory ducts

Examples of excretory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So the scientists further tested the parrotfish’s response by injecting lionfish and grouper effluent—an excretory soup from the predators’ water—into their tanks. Lesley Evans Ogden, Scientific American, "Shyness Helps Parrotfish Survive Invasive Predators," 19 May 2020

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First Known Use of excretory

circa 1681, in the meaning defined above

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“Excretory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excretory. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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excretory

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English Language Learners Definition of excretory

formal : of or relating to excretion

excretory

adjective
ex·​cre·​to·​ry | \ ˈek-skrə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce excretory (audio) \

Kids Definition of excretory

: of or relating to excretion : used in excreting The kidneys and bladder are part of the excretory system.

excretory

adjective
ex·​cre·​to·​ry | \ ˈek-skrə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr- How to pronounce excretory (audio) \

Medical Definition of excretory

: of, relating to, or functioning in excretion excretory ducts

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