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[ik-skree-tuh] /ɪkˈskri tə/
noun, (usually used with a plural verb)
excreted matter, as urine, feces, or sweat.
1855-60; < Latin excrēta things sifted out or separated, neuter plural of excrētus; see excrete
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excretal, adjective Unabridged
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  • Some of the food, together with large amounts of ammonium-rich salmon excreta, drops through the cages on to the sea bed.
  • Sealed by knotting, it acts as a micro treatment plant to break down the excreta.
  • The males presumably have to process the excreta of the growing embryos and this will include proteins too.
  • Even at the end of the nineteenth century, experts still believed the gruesome myth that human excreta were used in the process.
  • excreta pans can be flush pans, tilt metabolism pans, or pull pans for a wet system.
British Dictionary definitions for excreta


plural noun
waste matter, such as urine, faeces, or sweat, discharged from the body; excrement
Derived Forms
excretal, adjective
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from Latin excernere to excrete
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excreta in Medicine

excreta ex·cre·ta (ĭk-skrē'tə)
Waste matter, such as sweat or feces, discharged from the body.

ex·cre'tal adj.
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