Definition of egesta in English:


plural noun

  • Waste matter discharged from the body, especially faeces and urine.

    ‘his egesta were often tinged with blood’
    • ‘A man who indulges his appetite without reserve, and without proper attention to exercise and the state of his egesta, will often experience depression.’
    • ‘After a week you will need to collect the stick insect, its eggs, its egesta and the uneaten leaves.’
    • ‘The weight of a working full-grown horse does not vary from day to day, as the weight of its egesta is equal to that of its food.’
    • ‘It feeds, if we may judge from its egesta, upon slime or moistened clay.’
    • ‘Mild laxatives are most frequently requisite to preserve a right balance between the ingesta and the egesta.’
    faeces, excreta, stools, droppings
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Early 18th century: Latin, neuter plural of egestus, past participle of egerere ‘expel’.