Definition of faeces in English:


Line breaks: fae¦ces
Pronunciation: /ˈfiːsiːz
(US feces)


Waste matter remaining after food has been digested, discharged from the bowels; excrement.
More example sentences
  • Adenovirus is spread by contact with infected feces, urine or respiratory droplets.
  • Furthermore, the attenuated virus is excreted in the faeces, leading to herd immunity.
  • The fungus is a common soil contaminant being excreted in feces of several birds particularly pigeons.
excrement, bodily waste, waste matter, ordure, dung, manure, scat;
dirt, filth, muck, mess
informal poo, doo-doo, doings, turds, caca
British informal cack, whoopsies, jobbies
North American informal poop
vulgar slang crap, shit
archaic night soil


late Middle English: from Latin, plural of faex 'dregs'.



Pronunciation: /ˈfiːk(ə)l/
More example sentences
  • He also recommended checking a stool sample for ova and parasites, and for fecal leukocytes.
  • Typhoid fever is spread by fecal contamination of drinking water or food, or by person to person contact.
  • Food and water contaminated with fecal matter are the main sources of infection.

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