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recrement

[rek-ruh-muh nt] /ˈrɛk rə mənt/
noun
1.
Physiology. a secretion, as saliva, that is reabsorbed by the body.
2.
refuse separated from anything; dross.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Middle French < Latin recrēmentum dross, refuse, equivalent to re- re- + crē-, variant stem of cernere to sift, discern + -mentum -ment
Related forms
recremental, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for recremental

recrement

/ˈrɛkrɪmənt/
noun
1.
(physiol) any substance, such as bile, that is secreted from a part of the body and later reabsorbed instead of being excreted
2.
waste matter; refuse; dross
Derived Forms
recremental, adjective
Word Origin
C16: via Old French from Latin recrēmentum slag, filth, from re- + cernere to sift
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Word Origin and History for recremental

recrement

n.

"dross, scum," 1590s, from French récrément (mid-16c.) or directly from Latin recrementum, from re- (see re-) + cernere "to sift, separate" (see crisis).

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