One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a cell or organism) excrete (waste matter)‘animals that feed near the surface will egest material at depth’
eject, expel, emit, discharge, pass, excrete, let out, send out, release, exude, eliminateView synonyms
- ‘It egests distinct fecal pellets that are long rods and are placed, by the worm, in a pile on the sediment surface.’
- ‘All we need to do is have her ingest at one end what she egests from the other end.’
- ‘When it eats foods with hard parts, it egests these parts in the form of pellets.’
- ‘We can deduce that the cyprinids in this study egest and excrete nutrients at a ratio close to 15.’
- ‘Since magnesium citrate stimulates the bowel to perform their task of egesting waste, it is not advisable to prolong its use.’
Late Middle English (as egestion): from Latin egest-, from the verb egerere ‘expel’, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out’ + gerere ‘bear, carry’.
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