Definition of excrete in English:

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excrete

Pronunciation: /ikˈskrēt/

verb

[with object]
(Of a living organism or cell) separate and expel as waste (a substance, especially a product of metabolism): excess bicarbonate is excreted by the kidney [no object]: the butterfly pupa neither feeds nor excretes
More example sentences
  • Throughout the pregnancy the fetus obtains nutrients and oxygen from the mother's blood, by transfer in the placenta to its own umbilical cord blood, and it excretes waste products of metabolism by the same route in reverse.
  • Then these bacteria excrete organic material to the clam and the clam can use that organic material as a food source.
  • Usually, a pregnant woman with preeclampsia develops dangerously high blood pressure and begins excreting protein in the urine.
Synonyms
expel, pass, void, discharge, eject, evacuate;
defecate, urinate

Derivatives

excreter

noun

excretive

Pronunciation: /ikˈskrēdiv/
adjective

Origin

Early 17th century (in the sense 'cause to excrete'): from Latin excret- 'sifted out', from the verb excernere, from ex- 'out' + cernere 'sift'.

Words that rhyme with excrete

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Syllabification: ex·crete

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