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- noun plural Egested matter, especially excrement.
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- noun The
wastewhich is carried out from a cell or an organism; the excrement.
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Ambergris was long supposed to be a fossil, a vegetable which grew upon the sea-bottom or rose in springs; or a “substance produced in the water like naphtha or bitumen” (!): now it is known to be the egesta of a whale.
When he examined the egesta, and felt his pulse, he declared that much of the virus was discharged, and, giving him a composing draught, assured him he had good hopes of his recovery. —
Do the egesta pass out in the form of normal feces?
We can determine the amount of plastic food consumed by an animal during a given period: we can ascertain the increase (if any) in the weight of its body; and finally, we can weigh and analyse its egesta.
The animals, together with their food, drink, and egesta, were weighed daily.
The gases, vapors, and liquid and solid egesta thrown off from its body to be collected, analysed, and the calefacient  value of the combustible portion of them to be determined.
Yet chemical analysis has clearly proved that the manurial value of straw is perfectly insignificant, and that, as a constituent of stable manure, it is chiefly useful as an absorbent of the liquid egesta of the animals littered upon it.
With these data it is comparatively easy to ascertain the quantity of food which produced the increase in the animal's weight; but they do not enable us to determine the amount expended in keeping it alive, because the egesta might be largely made up of unappropriated food -- organised matter which had done no work in the animal body.
The amount of cellulose in the food was determined, and the proportion of that substance in the egesta was also ascertained; and as there was a considerable discrepancy between the two amounts, it was evident that the difference represented the weight of the cellulose assimilated by the animals.
The weight of a working full-grown horse does not vary from day to day, as the weight of its egesta is equal to that of its food.