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.

1565–75; < Latin dēfaecātus (past participle of dēfaecāre to cleanse, refine), equivalent to dē- de- + faec- (stem of faex dregs, sediment) + -ātus -ate1

defecation, noun Unabridged
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defecate or defaecate (ˈdɛfɪˌkeɪt)
1.  (intr) to discharge waste from the body through the anus
2.  (tr) to clarify or remove impurities from (a solution, esp of sugar)
[C16: from Latin dēfaecāre to cleanse from dregs, from de- + faex sediment, dregs]
defaecate or defaecate
[C16: from Latin dēfaecāre to cleanse from dregs, from de- + faex sediment, dregs]
defe'cation or defaecate
defae'cation or defaecate
'defecator or defaecate
'defaecator or defaecate

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Word Origin & History

1570s, "to purify," from L. defæcatus, pp. of defæcare "cleanse from dregs, purify," from the phrase de fæce "from dregs," pl. fæces "feces." Excretory sense first recorded 1830 (defecation), Amer.Eng., from French.
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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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Example sentences
Such changes invite animals to consume the fruit and disperse the mature undigested seeds via their defecation.
The interval between swallowing and defecation is long, but the time between meals can be even longer.
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