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[ee-jes-tuh, ih-jes-] /iˈdʒɛs tə, ɪˈdʒɛs-/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
matter egested from the body, as excrement or other waste.
Origin of egesta
1780-90; neuter plural of Latin ēgestus carried out. See egest Unabridged
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  • Many patients are averse to food, and where little is taken in, the egesta must be inconsiderable.

  • It feeds, in fact, if we may judge from its egesta, upon the slime or moistened clay with which its hole is lined.

    Insect Architecture James Rennie
  • But they were especially incited by envoys from egesta, who had come to Athens and invoked their aid more urgently than ever.

  • The weight of a working full-grown horse does not vary from day to day, as the weight of its egesta is equal to that of its food.

    The Stock-Feeder's Manual Charles Alexander Cameron
  • On their return to Athens these men reported that egesta was possessed of fabulous riches.

  • If Nicias was prepared for the news from egesta, his two colleagues were taken completely by surprise.

British Dictionary definitions for egesta


plural noun
anything egested, as waste material from the body; excrement
Word Origin
C18: from Latin, literally: (things) carried out; see egest
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egesta in Medicine

egesta e·ges·ta (ē-jěs'tə)
Unabsorbed food residues that are discharged from the digestive tract.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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