Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb of an organism to discharge from the system.

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

  • verb eliminate from the body

Etymologies

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

[Latin excernere, excrēt- : ex-, ex- + cernere, to separate; see krei- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin excretum, past participle of excerno, from ex-, "out", and cerno, "to separate".

Examples

  • In duration, scale, and “Kultur-cidal” thrust, this long-standing affront to civilized behaviour, which directly contradicts everything Mao’s heirs excrete, is worthy of a Memorial all to itself.

    Do not build it. Not here. « BuzzMachine

  • And that means we are not going to excrete, which is tough news for the dung beetle as well as all of those plants that need fertilization.

    Michael Ruse: Intelligent Design: Did God Create Through Law or Miracle?

  • Another thing I've noticed about Liguus snails is that, when they are startled into their shell they always "excrete" a certain amount of water.

    Sleeping Haplotrema concavum

  • The rice protein is a partial ingredient in pet food, we are told, which is itself only a partial ingredient in the feed given to hogs, who then "excrete" some of the melamine in their urine.

    David Goldstein: Melamine-Spiking "Widespread" In China; Human Food Broadly Contaminated

  • The principle of all types of pit latrine is that wastes such as excrete, anal cleaning materials, sullage and refuse are deposited in a hole in the ground.

    Chapter 5

  • There are those that say you "excrete" too much .... but, I bank on the fact that SOME Of those supplements are grabbed up by my cells and used.

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  • There are those that say you "excrete" too much .... but, I bank on the fact that SOME Of those supplements are grabbed up by my cells and used.

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  • Scientists in Scotland (yes, the same dopes who cloned Dolly) have genetically engineered tapeworms to "excrete" vitamins (lay people call it "shitting").

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  • And the kindergartners delight in learning words they would usually never encounter in kindergarten lessons, such as "excrete" (even if they cannot always spell them correctly).www. purduescientificliteracyproject.org), introduces children to the most fundamental idea-that science is about carefully conducted inquiry to learn about the world-and shows them that everyone can do science.

    Scientific American

  • However, alcohol has been shown to dehydrate the body, causing it to excrete more fluid than what is taken in.

    Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.: Water, Water Everywhere, But How Many Drops to Drink? Hydration and Health

Comments

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  • "'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

  • "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

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

    October 27, 2008