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excretion

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n excretion the bodily process of discharging waste matter
    • n excretion waste matter (as urine or sweat but especially feces) discharged from the body
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A snail can crawl across a razor blade without getting injured. This is possible because they excrete a slime that protects them
    • Excretion That which is excreted; excrement.
    • Excretion The act of excreting. "To promote secretion and excretion ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Dead cells in the body ultimately go to the kidneys for excretion
    • n excretion The act of excreting.
    • n excretion The substance excreted, as sweat or urine, or certain juices in plants.
    • n excretion Synonyms Excretion, Secretion. Secretion is the more general word, and includes excretion. The latter is restricted to the elimination of useless or harmful substances from the body. Thus, the secretion of saliva or of milk would not be called excretion; but the latter term would be applied to the secretion of the urine. Both terms are applied to the products as well as to the functions.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Catnip can affect lions and tigers as well as house cats. It excites them because it contains a chemical that resembles an excretion of the dominant female's urine. Cats have 32 muscles in each ear.
    • n Excretion act of excreting matter from the animal system: that which is excreted
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Quotations

  • Zhang Jie
    Zhang Jie
    “What do a few lies on TV matter? They can be swallowed, digested and excreted, or follow people when they doze off to sink into oblivion.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. excrétion,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ex, from, cernĕre, cretum, to separate.

Usage

In literature:

Two accessory glands and nipples below them were small and did not excrete milk.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
Then went he unto the secret places to make excretion of his natural digestions.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
Flannel assists excretion, and is found beneficial.
"Observations Upon The Windward Coast Of Africa" by Joseph Corry
They constantly secrete fluids that need to be excreted, as all other organs of the body do.
"Sane Sex Life and Sane Sex Living" by H.W. Long
Gout, owing to the great cutaneous excretion, in most instances totally disappears.
"Ceylon; an Account of the Island Physical, Historical, and Topographical with Notices of Its Natural History, Antiquities and Productions, Volume 1 (of 2)" by James Emerson Tennent
We have not only to take into account the frequency with which among primitive peoples the excretions possess a religious significance.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 5 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
It excretes all its disturbing forces.
"Mr. Britling Sees It Through" by H. G. Wells
Expectorants are medicines capable of facilitating the excretion of mucous from the chest.
"Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889" by Barkham Burroughs
At the pubertal age in girls begins the phenomenon known as menstruation, in which there is a large excretion of calcium salts.
"Taboo and Genetics" by Melvin Moses Knight, Iva Lowther Peters, and Phyllis Mary Blanchard
Breathing and excretion take place through the whole surface of the body.
"The Whence and the Whither of Man" by John Mason Tyler
The much-vaunted glycerophosphates are decomposed to and excreted as phosphates.
"Epilepsy, Hysteria, and Neurasthenia" by Isaac G. Briggs
After this is done the remnants are excreted through intense and extremely offensive perspiration.
"Valere Aude" by Louis Dechmann
It is rather his excretion than his product.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
After these substances have been utilized there occurs a sort of excretion of other chemical products.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 810, July 11, 1891" by Various
But later on nitrogen is excreted in excess of that taken in the food.
"New, Old, and Forgotten Remedies: Papers by Many Writers" by Various
There is less and less opportunity for nutrition, respiration, and excretion.
"Herbert Spencer" by J. Arthur Thomson
He believes that similar variations are common in the quantity of the products excreted {506} in the urine.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various
When the worn-out cells are broken down, the urates are carried dissolved in the blood to the Malpighian tubes for excretion.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 4" by Various
The function of excretion is not only thus much aided, but the nervous equilibrium is completely restored.
"Farm Boys and Girls" by William Arch McKeever
Food getting, digestion, assimilation, oxidation, excretion, growth, reproduction.
"A Civic Biology" by George William Hunter
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In news:

This microbe feeds on sugars that stick to our teeth and excretes acids as a waste product.
According to the dictionary, both verbs sweat and perspire mean "To excrete perspiration through the pores in the skin".
Objective To determine the response, in terms of fecal hemoglobin excretion and clinical symptoms, of normal 9½-month-old infants to being fed cow milk.
Researchers at the University of Kentucky have shown that high levels of supplemental zinc in nursery diets causes increases in fecal zinc (Zn) excretion.
Researchers at the University of Kentucky have found that feeding a genetically enhanced corn can help reduce the amount of phosphorus excreted in hog manure.
The researchers were attempting to determine the effect diets formulated with low- phytate corn would have on grow-finish performance and nutrient excretion.
These insects also produce significant amounts of "honeydew," which is the liquid waste it excretes.
SOUNDS UNUSUAL transmits an hour of Musical Mayhem, Audacious Audio Cataclysms, Xperi-mental Electronic Endeavors and Excretions - the Bold and the Boring.
GOLDEN TRIANGLE, thailand — In the lush hills of northern Thailand, a herd of 20 elephants is helping to excrete some of the world's most expensive coffee.
Northern Thailand, a herd of 20 elephants is excreting some of the world's most expensive coffee.
GOLDEN TRIANGLE, Thailand — In the lush hills of northern Thailand, a herd of 20 elephants is helping to excrete some of the world's most expensive coffee.
GOLDEN TRIANGLE, Thailand – In the lush hills of northern Thailand, a herd of 20 elephants is helping to excrete some of the world's most expensive coffee.
In the lush hills of northern Thailand, a herd of 20 elephants is helping to excrete some of the world's most expensive coffee.
I n the lush hills of northern Thailand, a herd of 20 elephants is excreting some of the world's most expensive coffee.
Cesium accumulates in the muscle tissues of fish, which eventually process and excrete most of it.
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In science:

RES uptake and accelerated excretion (Fig. 12).
Carbon Nanotubes in Biology and Medicine: in vitro and in vivo Detection, Imaging and Drug Delivery
RES uptake, and accelerated excretion, may be realized.
Carbon Nanotubes in Biology and Medicine: in vitro and in vivo Detection, Imaging and Drug Delivery
Dynamic Imaging of functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotube systemic circulation and urinary excretion.
Carbon Nanotubes in Biology and Medicine: in vitro and in vivo Detection, Imaging and Drug Delivery
The whole scenario, documented by a multi-Very Long Baseline Array-epoch movie, is that of an equatorially expanding “excretion” disk surrounding the peculiar radio source I in the Orion-KL region, whose inner part is photo-ionized [→ GREENHILL].
IAU (Maser) Symposium 287 Summary
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