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Waste matter, such as sweat, urine, or feces, discharged from the body.

[Latin excrēta, from neuter pl. past participle of excernere, to excrete; see excrete.]

ex·cre′tal adj.
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pl n
(Physiology) waste matter, such as urine, faeces, or sweat, discharged from the body; excrement
[C19: New Latin, from Latin excernere to excrete]
exˈcretal adj
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(ɪkˈskri tə)

excreted matter, as urine.
[1855–60; < Latin excrēta chaff, neuter pl. of excrētus]
ex•cre′tal, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.excreta - waste matter (as urine or sweat but especially feces) discharged from the bodyexcreta - waste matter (as urine or sweat but especially feces) discharged from the body
faecal matter, faeces, fecal matter, feces, ordure, BM, dejection, stool - solid excretory product evacuated from the bowels
fecula - excreta (especially of insects)
wormcast - cylindrical mass of earth voided by a burrowing earthworm or lugworm
human waste - the body wastes of human beings
pee, piddle, urine, weewee, water - liquid excretory product; "there was blood in his urine"; "the child had to make water"
barf, vomit, vomitus, puke - the matter ejected in vomiting
waste, waste material, waste matter, waste product - any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted; "they collect the waste once a week"; "much of the waste material is carried off in the sewers"
guano - the excrement of sea birds; used as fertilizer
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[eksˈkriːtə] NPLexcremento msing
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plExkremente pl
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[ɪksˈkriːtə] npl (frm) → escrementi mpl, escrezioni fpl
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The new guidelines recommend that sanitation interventions should ensure entire communities have access to toilets that safely contain excreta.
According to the release, the public should at all times dispose human excreta properly including children's faeces and should report to the nearest facility if they suspect any symptoms of cholera.
Ably supported by an outstanding petitioner Shahab Usto, they began to question the colossal negligence that had sunk the province into its own excreta. The Judicial Commission did an excellent job at shaking up the sleepy provincial administration for ignoring peoples' water and sanitation requirements for past many decades.
Rodents are the natural reservoir for hantaviruses and the virus is transmitted from infected rodents to humans by inhalation of aerosolized particles from rodent excreta or a bite from infected rodents, the agency said.
The Council voted on the draft law for the ratification of the basic cooperation agreement between the Government of Iraq and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNDP) and the draft law regulating the limits of excreta of agricultural land and orchards.
A group from Penn State University (who worked on this specific project with NASA) have come up with a way in which astronauts will soon be able to convert their own excreta into an edible substance.
Upon confirmation by the scientists that the "flying object" was human excreta, Kalia confirmed the same, "The object has been identified as human excreta dumped by an aircraft."
Hi Gerry, Worm casts are the result of earthworms depositing their excreta on top of lawns and can be a real nuisance.
A data was also shared according to which less than 40% of people wash their hands after contact with excreta and in the given scenario, health educators said high incidence of diarrhea, respiratory ailments and consequent child mortality must not be considered unexpected.
Methods: This study was conducted at the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology, Karachi, from February 2015 to March2016, and comprised samples of soil contaminated with pigeons' excreta. The samples were collected from 20 different pigeon-feeding places in the city.
The study was designed to compare the growth performance, digestibility and concentration of phosphorous (P) and calcium (Ca) in blood plasma, tibia bone and excreta in juvenile birds fed different commercially available sources of inorganic P.