Emunctory - definition of emunctory by The Free Dictionary
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Serving to carry waste out of the body; excretory.
n. pl. e·munc·to·ries
An organ or duct that removes or carries waste from the body.
[Middle English emunctorie, from Medieval Latin ēmunctōrius, from Latin ēmunctus, past participle of ēmungere, to blow one's nose : ē-, ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + mungere, to blow one's nose.]
emunctory (ɪˈmʌŋktərɪ; -trɪ)
(Physiology) of or relating to a bodily organ or duct having an excretory function
, pl -ries
(Physiology) an excretory organ or duct, such as a skin pore
[C16: from New Latin ēmunctōrium, from Latin ēmungere to wipe clean, from mungere to wipe]
References in periodicals archive
Regarding the emunctory
organs, liver showed the highest accumulation (14.57 [+ or -] 0.20% ID/g), followed by the kidneys (2.67 [+ or -] 0.24% ID/g).
The metabolites resulting from the demolition by oxide reductases are probably more lipophilic than they were before, and, therefore, potentially resorbable by the kidney emunctory
. At this point Phase II enzymes take over and combine the metabolite resulting from the action of Phase I oxide reductases with a highly hydrophilic compound (e.g., glucuronic acid) to facilitate its elimination through urine .
Due to the fact that ALP activity is rapidly cleared by the renal emunctory
, it possesses scarce diagnostic value to reveals colestasis in domestic felines (5).