emunctory

emunctory

[ih-muhngk-tuh-ree] Physiology.
noun, plural emunctories.
1.
a part or organ of the body, as the skin or a kidney, that functions in carrying off waste products.
adjective

Origin:
1535–45; < Neo-Latin ēmunctōrium (noun), ēmunctōrius (adj.), equivalent to Latin ēmung(ere) to wipe one's nose (ē- e-1 + -mungere, akin to mūcus mucus) + -tōrium -tory2, -tōrius -tory1

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emunctory (ɪˈmʌŋktərɪ, -trɪ)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to a bodily organ or duct having an excretory function
 
n , -ries
2.  an excretory organ or duct, such as a skin pore
 
[C16: from New Latin ēmunctōrium, from Latin ēmungere to wipe clean, from mungere to wipe]

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emunctory e·munc·to·ry (ĭ-mŭngk'tə-rē)
adj.
Serving to carry waste out of the body; excretory. n.
An organ or duct that removes or carries waste from the body.

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