verb (used with object), excreted, excreting.
to separate and eliminate from an organic body; separate and expel from the blood or tissues, as waste or harmful matter.
to discharge (waste matter, such as urine, sweat, carbon dioxide, or faeces) from the body through the kidneys, skin, lungs, bowels, etc
(of plants) to eliminate (waste matter, such as carbon dioxide and salts) through the leaves, roots, etc
1610s, from Latin excretus, past participle of excernere (see excrement). Related: Excreted; excreting.
excrete ex·crete (ĭk-skrēt’)
v. ex·cret·ed, ex·cret·ing, ex·cretes
To eliminate waste material from the body.
[ik-skree-shuh n] /ɪkˈskri ʃən/ noun 1. the act of . 2. the substance , as urine or sweat, or certain plant products. [ik-skree-shuh n] /ɪkˈskri ʃən/ noun 1. the state of being excrescent. 2. an excrescence. n. c.1600, from French excrétion (16c.), from Latin excretionem, noun of action from past participle stem of excernere “to […]
[ek-skri-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, ik-skree-tuh-ree] /ˈɛk skrɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ɪkˈskri tə ri/ adjective 1. pertaining to or concerned in excretion; having the function of : excretory organs. adj. 1680s, from excrete + -ory. excretory ex·cre·to·ry (ěk’skrĭ-tôr’ē) adj. Of, relating to, or used in excretion.
- Excretory duct
excretory duct n. Any of the various ducts carrying secretion from a gland or fluid from a reservoir.
- Excretory ductule of lacrimal gland
excretory ductule of lacrimal gland n. Any of the ductules that open into the superior fornix of the conjunctival sac.