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

Definition of feces

: bodily waste discharged through the anus : excrement

Examples of feces in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Charlie Salino, a mechanic at Parkside Auto Care in Park Slope, said that his customers often know when a rat has been rooting around the engine because of obvious signs like feces. BostonGlobe.com, 6 Aug. 2022 Parechoviruses can spread through feces, saliva and respiratory droplets from sneezing or coughing. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 16 July 2022 Officers said the interior of the couple’s apartment was disheveled with what appeared to be dog feces on the floor, according to the affidavit. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 14 July 2022 On July 5, a Fairfax Lane resident called police regarding suspicious incidents involving cat feces. John Benson, cleveland, 19 July 2022 Vets may also ask for feces samples from your dog to check for intestinal parasites or eggs. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 18 July 2022 The virus, a common childhood pathogen thatcirculates in the summer and fall and spreads through sneezing, coughing, saliva and feces, causes less serious illness in children older than 6 months, the agency said. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, 15 July 2022 The researchers behind the study connected the presence of dog DNA to the foxes eating canine feces. Alexandra Schonfeld, PEOPLE.com, 13 July 2022 Whale feces fertilize microscopic plants known as phytoplankton. Eric Niiler, WSJ, 7 July 2022 See More

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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 13 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for feces


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

Kids Definition of feces

: body waste that passes out from the intestine


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

Medical Definition of feces

: bodily waste discharged through the anus : excrement

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