from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To separate and discharge (waste matter) from the blood, tissues, or organs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to discharge from the system.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To separate and throw off; to excrete urine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To throw out or eliminate; specifically, to eliminate from an organic body by a process of secretion and discharge.
  • n. That which has been excreted; an excretion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. eliminate from the body


Latin excernere, excrēt- : ex-, ex- + cernere, to separate; see krei- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin excretum, past participle of excerno, from ex-, "out", and cerno, "to separate". (Wiktionary)



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  • Hee hee. I love this usage. My students sometimes excrete a paper or two.

    October 27, 2008

  • "The Horse Review lost control of itself, excreting a hideous poem called 'To Dan Patch 1:59 1/2'..."
    —Charles Leerhsen, Crazy Good: The True Story of Dan Patch (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2008), 210

    October 27, 2008

  • "'Are you pretending to be God?'
    'Not nowadays. I used to be part of him, though. Yes, I am part of a part which was once the whole. But I went bad and was excreted. If I can get well I may be allowed home before I die, so I continually plunge my beak into my rotten liver and swallow and excrete it. But it grows again. Creation festers in me. I am excreting you and your world at the present moment. This arse-wipe' - he stirred the papers on the bed - 'is part of the process.'"
    - Alasdair Gray, 'Lanark'.

    December 13, 2007