fe·​ces | \ ˈfē-(ˌ)sēz How to pronounce feces (audio) \

Definition of feces

: bodily waste discharged through the anus : excrement

First Known Use of feces

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for feces

Middle English, from Latin faec-, faex (singular) dregs

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“Feces.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feces. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of feces

: solid waste that is released from the body


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fe·​ces | \ ˈfē-ˌsēz How to pronounce feces (audio) \

Kids Definition of feces

: body waste that passes out from the intestine


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variants: or chiefly British faeces \ ˈfē-​(ˌ)sēz How to pronounce faeces (audio) \

Medical Definition of feces

: bodily waste discharged through the anus : excrement

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