Definition of egest in English:



  • (of a cell or organism) excrete (waste matter):

    ‘animals that feed near the surface will egest material at depth’
    • ‘All we need to do is have her ingest at one end what she egests from the other end.’
    • ‘Since magnesium citrate stimulates the bowel to perform their task of egesting waste, it is not advisable to prolong its use.’
    • ‘When it eats foods with hard parts, it egests these parts in the form of pellets.’
    • ‘It egests distinct fecal pellets that are long rods and are placed, by the worm, in a pile on the sediment surface.’
    • ‘We can deduce that the cyprinids in this study egest and excrete nutrients at a ratio close to 15.’


Late Middle English (as egestion): from Latin egest-, from the verb egerere expel, from e- (variant of ex-) out + gerere bear, carry.