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[ek-skruh-muh nt] /ˈɛk skrə mənt/
waste matter discharged from the body, especially feces.
Origin of excrement
1525-35; < Latin excrēmentum, equivalent to excrē- (perfect stem of excernere to excrete) + -mentum -ment
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[ek-skruh-men-tuh s] /ˌɛk skrəˈmɛn təs/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • She said her employer burned her with an iron and forced her to eat excrement.
  • By converting our excrement to hydrogen people get to eat first.
  • His body hidden inside, he methodically lifted bucket after bucket of excrement over his head, upending them on the street.
  • Bacteria from human excrement appears to be the culprit.
  • The halls have been littered with crack vials, used condoms, discarded tampons and human excrement.
  • He was lying in his own excrement and drank from a hamster bottle attached to the side of the cage.
  • The disease toll of this human excrement is astounding, killing more people worldwide than any other single cause.
  • Mallon transmitted the disease through food contaminated with her excrement.
  • Given that this excrement is diluted by the excrement from hundreds of healthy animals, the actual amounts would be pretty small.
  • In an early-morning raid a year ago, the authorities found scores of emaciated, mange-infested dogs living in their own excrement.
British Dictionary definitions for excrement


waste matter discharged from the body, esp faeces; excreta
Derived Forms
excremental (ˌɛkskrɪˈmɛntəl), excrementitious (ˌɛkskrɪmɛnˈtɪʃəs) adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin excrēmentum, from excernere to sift, excrete
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Word Origin and History for excrement

1530s, "waste discharged from the body," from Latin excrementum, from stem of excretus, past participle of excernere "to sift out, discharge," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + cernere "sift, separate" (see crisis). Originally any bodily secretion, especially from the bowels; exclusive sense of "feces" is since mid-18c.

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excrement in Medicine

excrement ex·cre·ment (ěk'skrə-mənt)
Waste matter or any excretion cast out of the body, especially feces.

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