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[def-i-keyt] /ˈdɛf ɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used without object), defecated, defecating.
to void excrement from the bowels through the anus; have a bowel movement.
to become clear of dregs, impurities, etc.
verb (used with object), defecated, defecating.
to clear of dregs, impurities, etc.; purify; refine.
Origin of defecate
1565-75; < Latin dēfaecātus (past participle of dēfaecāre to cleanse, refine), equivalent to dē- de- + faec- (stem of faex dregs, sediment) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
defecation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for defecating
  • defecating, however, is apparently a bit less majestic.
  • When the animal began defecating all over the boat, the rafters managed to give it to their host in the next town.
  • Tom may want to feed the dogs where they are defecating.
  • We want to make defecating outside pleasant and inside unpleasant.
  • For example, the colony's members all use a toilet at the entrance of the nest, never defecating inside.
  • In other words, they had guts and they were defecating.
  • One fish urinating and defecating in the ocean isn't polluting.
  • By the age of eighteen she could no longer look at anyone without imagining that they were defecating.
  • There were violations of the noise code, and complaints about people defecating and urinating in the neighborhood.
  • So too is privacy and dignity as bathing and defecating are now done using buckets in public.
British Dictionary definitions for defecating


(intransitive) to discharge waste from the body through the anus
(transitive) to clarify or remove impurities from (a solution, esp of sugar)
Derived Forms
defecation, defaecation, noun
defecator, defaecator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin dēfaecāre to cleanse from dregs, from de- + faex sediment, dregs
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Word Origin and History for defecating



1570s, "to purify," from Latin defaecatus, past participle of defaecare "cleanse from dregs, purify," from the phrase de faece "from dregs" (plural faeces; see feces). Excretory sense first recorded 1830 (defecation), American English, from French. Related: Defecated; defecating.

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defecating in Medicine

defecate def·e·cate (děf'ĭ-kāt')
v. def·e·cat·ed, def·e·cat·ing, def·e·cates
To void feces from the bowels.

def'e·ca'tion n.
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