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[fee-seez] /ˈfi siz/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
waste matter discharged from the intestines through the anus; excrement.
dregs; sediment.
Also, especially British, faeces.
Origin of feces
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin faecēs grounds, dregs, sediment (plural of faex) Unabridged
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  • feces containing tape-worm segments may continue to be a source of infection for as long as a fortnight.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology William Albert Riley
British Dictionary definitions for feces


plural noun
the usual US spelling of faeces
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Word Origin and History for feces

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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feces in Medicine

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

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feces in Science
Waste matter eliminated from the intestinal tract.
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feces 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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