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Excretion   /ɪkskrˈiʃən/   Listen

The bodily process of discharging waste matter.  Synonyms: elimination, evacuation, excreting, voiding.
Waste matter (as urine or sweat but especially feces) discharged from the body.  Synonyms: body waste, excrement, excreta, excretory product.

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... creature of the cat species. Yet others affirm that it is not blood at all, but merely paint. While a fourth describes it as—I quote the written opinion which lies in front of me—'caused apparently by a deposit of some sort of viscid matter, probably the excretion of ...
— The Beetle - A Mystery • Richard Marsh

... different qualities of stimulus. Those modifications of the vital processes which alone enable organisms to survive, make their appearance even in the response to the minimal stimulus. In one case the just perceptible stimulus may cause nothing more than slight local changes in circulation, excretion, muscular action; in another it may produce, just because of the particular significance of the stimulus to the life of the organism, a violent and sudden motor reaction. But grant, if you will, that the threshold reaction time is the same for all kinds of stimuli, ...
— Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1 • Various

... which the protoplasm has drawn back, and on which it will soon close in again, so that it pulsates like a heart. It is continually taking in water from the body, or the outside, and driving it out again, and thus aids in respiration and excretion. The animal has no organs in the proper sense of the word, and yet it has the rudiments of all the functions which ...
— The Whence and the Whither of Man • John Mason Tyler

... The urinary excretion from the kidneys collecting in the urinary bladder is passed out periodically through the urethra. This same channel must transmit periodically secretions from the ...
— The Biology, Physiology and Sociology of Reproduction - Also Sexual Hygiene with Special Reference to the Male • Winfield S. Hall

... function of the skin is, more or less, disordered; and in many most important diseases nature relieves herself almost entirely by the skin. This is particularly the case with children. But the excretion, which comes from the skin, is left there, unless removed by washing or by the clothes. Every nurse should keep this fact constantly in mind,—for, if she allow her sick to remain unwashed, or their clothing to remain on them after being saturated with perspiration ...
— Notes on Nursing - What It Is, and What It Is Not • Florence Nightingale

... long axis; in lower temperatures they are very inactive. Occasionally one finds them arranged in rows upon each other, or in branching series. Observed some days in the moist chamber, they vegetated again, and appeared somewhat larger and more conspicuous than immediately after their excretion. It is to be noticed that only that kind of secretion contains them which is expelled by violent sneezings; that which drops slowly does not contain any. They stick tenaciously enough in the lower cavities ...
— Fragments of science, V. 1-2 • John Tyndall

... rectified spirit: on distilling a large quantitiy of them with water, a small portion of a butyraceous essential oil separates. Infusions made from the fresh flowers are gently laxative and aperient; when dry, they are said to promote chiefly the cuticular excretion, and to be particularly serviceable in erysipetalous and eruptive disorders.—Woodville's Med. ...
— The Botanist's Companion, Vol. II • William Salisbury

... the final result is a very thorough destruction of the animal body or the material excreted by animal life, and its reduction into forms simple enough for plants to use again as foods. Thus the bacteria come in as a necessary link to connect the animal body, or the excretion from the animal body, with the soil again, and therefore with that part of the circle in which the material can once more ...
— The Story Of Germ Life • H. W. Conn

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