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

Definition of feces

: bodily waste discharged through the anus : excrement

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Examples of feces in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many of the adult dogs, which varied in shape and size, appeared to be in fair condition but were covered in feces at the home near South Fourth Avenue and East 36th Street, according to the care center announcement. Mike Cruz, The Arizona Republic, "10 dogs found dead, dozens rescued during check at Tucson home," 25 Mar. 2021 The bacteria is found in animal feces and may have been found at high levels in the water because of duck, goose and other bird droppings that can be washed into lakes by storm water. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "High levels of bacteria close 3 metro Detroit beaches; 10 shutdown statewide," 6 Aug. 2020 So in 2018, when Hurricane Florence ripped through the East Coast, over 100 lagoons were flooded, sending the mix of feces, urine, and anaerobic bacteria over the lagoon walls. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Burning Pig Poop Fumes Doesn’t Solve Anything," 12 Apr. 2021 The highly infectious disease spreads through contact with infected feces, which often happened when children didn't wash their hands correctly, according to the University of Rochester Medical Center. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "'It's going to be a long road': His father developed the polio vaccine. This is what he thinks about COVID-19.," 25 Dec. 2020 Former employees documented cages that were too small or damaged, medications stored haphazardly, feces left in food bowls, vomit left in kennels and shipping cages without water, the activists said. Rebekah L. Sanders, The Arizona Republic, "Activists accuse pet stores at Arizona malls of selling 'puppy mill' dogs," 23 Sep. 2020 Telescopes have detected unusually high concentrations of the molecule phosphine—a stinky, flammable chemical typically associated with feces, farts and rotting microbial activity—in an atmospheric layer far above the planet’s scorching surface. Adam Mann, Scientific American, "Venus Might Host Life, New Discovery Suggests," 14 Sep. 2020 There are feces smeared on cell walls, and toilets overflowing with urine and vomit. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "Who Thinks of Incarcerated People in a Pandemic? These Women," 30 Mar. 2021 Timlin said another issue is the lack of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) available to employees, especially those who must clean up feces and vomit on light-rail trains and buses. Janet Moore, Star Tribune, "Metro Transit workers rally to protest lack of progress in contract talks," 30 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of feces was in the 14th century

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5 May 2021

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“Feces.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feces. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of feces

: solid waste that is released from the body


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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