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faeces

[fee-seez] /ˈfi siz/
noun, (used with a plural verb) Chiefly British
1.
Related forms
faecal
[fee-kuh l] /ˈfi kəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective

feces

[fee-seez] /ˈfi siz/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
1.
waste matter discharged from the intestines through the anus; excrement.
2.
dregs; sediment.
Origin of feces
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin faecēs grounds, dregs, sediment (plural of faex)
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British Dictionary definitions for faeces

faeces

/ˈfiːsiːz/
plural noun
1.
bodily waste matter derived from ingested food and the secretions of the intestines and discharged through the anus
Word Origin
C15: from Latin faecēs, plural of faex sediment, dregs

feces

/ˈfiːsiːz/
plural noun
1.
the usual US spelling of faeces
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Word Origin and History for faeces
n.

see feces.

feces

n.

also faeces, c.1400, "dregs," from Latin faeces "sediment, dregs," plural of faex (genitive faecis) "grounds, sediment, lees, dregs," of unknown origin. Specific sense of "human excrement" is from 1630s.

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faeces in Medicine

feces fe·ces (fē'sēz)
pl.n.
The matter that is discharged from the bowel during defecation; excrement. Also called stercus.

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faeces in Science
feces
  (fē'sēz)   
Waste matter eliminated from the intestinal tract.
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faeces in Culture
feces [(fee-seez)]

Excrement; the waste material that is passed to the outside from the rectum through the anus.

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