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[fee-seez] /ˈfi siz/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
waste matter discharged from the intestines through the anus; excrement.
dregs; sediment.
Origin of feces
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin faecēs grounds, dregs, sediment (plural of faex) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for feces
  • The muscles of the intestines forget how to move stool or feces on their own.
  • Couldn't stand the idea of putting feces in my washing machine.
  • feces is greasy, loaded in bacteria and is toxic to handle.
  • By the time they reach the slaughterhouse, they're covered with feces and crowded together.
  • Mice were trained to identify feces from bird flu-infected ducks by smell.
  • Zoologists will generally limit the term scat to feces of mammals.
  • The feces are moved into the rectum to await expulsion.
  • The fungi project their spores away from the resident dung because cows will not eat near feces.
  • The resemblance to real feces was striking, but his concoction got moldy and mushy too fast.
  • The important factor in getting the disease is walking where people who have hookworm have made feces.
British Dictionary definitions for feces


plural noun
bodily waste matter derived from ingested food and the secretions of the intestines and discharged through the anus
Word Origin
C15: from Latin faecēs, plural of faex sediment, dregs


plural noun
the usual US spelling of faeces
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Word Origin and History for feces

also faeces, c.1400, "dregs," from Latin faeces "sediment, dregs," plural of faex (genitive faecis) "grounds, sediment, lees, dregs," of unknown origin. Specific sense of "human excrement" is from 1630s.

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feces in Medicine

feces fe·ces (fē'sēz)
The matter that is discharged from the bowel during defecation; excrement. Also called stercus.

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feces in Science
Waste matter eliminated from the intestinal tract.
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feces in Culture
feces [(fee-seez)]

Excrement; the waste material that is passed to the outside from the rectum through the anus.

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