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 Greater salt intake can prompt your kidneys to excrete more calcium. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 Females have their stomachs popped with the needle from a hose hooked to a carbon dioxide tank and are gassed up until their bellies excrete a stream of bright orange eggs into a bucket — about 5,000 per fish. jsonline.com, 2 Sep. 2021 Even insects that suck plant sap are forced to excrete surplus sugars, in the form of liquids known as honeydew or lerp. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 8 July 2021 Many species have enzymes that break alcohol down and allow the body to excrete it, avoiding death by poisoning. Kate Julian, The Atlantic, 1 June 2021 The best thing to do now, the priest told her, was to wait and hope that, in due time, her husband would excrete the love potion in his system. Imbolo Mbue, The New Yorker, 15 Mar. 2021 Plus these birds all drink saltwater and excrete the salt through the tubes. Tom Mcnamara, Popular Science, 3 Dec. 2020 Later, an upset stomach forces her to excrete noisily into a bucket. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 27 Nov. 2020 Some can also excrete chemicals to liberate the nutrient from the soil. Julia Rosen, National Geographic, 14 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of excrete was in 1620

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“Excrete.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excrete. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for excrete

excrete

verb

English Language Learners Definition of excrete

: 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

excrete

transitive verb
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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