One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
treated as singular or plural Waste matter discharged from the body, especially faeces and urine.
dirt, muck, grime, mud, mire, sludge, slime, ooze, foul matterView synonyms
- ‘The River itself is not a river as such but a flowing stream of the filth of humanity - dead bodies, excreta, garbage, waste products from your factories and other such facilities.’
- ‘No proper arrangement for disposal of excreta and other waste had been made where large numbers of people were staying in temporary camps.’
- ‘Pets, especially their excreta and urine cause IAP.’
- ‘I noticed that much of nurses' time is spent on urine and excreta that get to the sheets.’
- ‘SNV is transmitted to humans predominantly by inhalation of aerosolized viral particles from rodent excreta or saliva.’
- ‘Black water is contaminated with human excreta and discharges.’
- ‘Humans can be infected by inhaling tiny droplets of virus-laden rodent excreta, eating contaminated food or simply by absorption through the skin.’
- ‘Scientists say one of the most significant causes of the decline of seagrasses and oxygen is both treated and untreated human excreta and animal waste.’
- ‘When excessive fluid is generated in the system, it normally exits through sweat, urine and excreta.’
- ‘It is not clear whether the hantavirus IgM positive individuals were from urban or rural settings and whether they had contact with rodents/rodent excreta.’
- ‘It is emphasized that hands should be washed before eating, before feeding children, after defecation and after disposal of children's excreta.’
- ‘The surroundings of the school are no longer dirty with excreta and odour of urine.’
- ‘Adequate sources of potable water and sanitation (collection, disposal, and treatment of excreta and other liquid and solid wastes) must be equally accessible for all camp residents.’
- ‘You get it by eating food contaminated with the excreta of people who are either infected themselves or who carry the germs.’
- ‘The patient had known exposure to mouse excreta, and because hemorrhagic pneumonia had developed, hantavirus pulmonary syndrome was suspected.’
- ‘The final limitation is that disposal of excreta was improved in some traditional houses, with 38% having private latrines.’
- ‘Certain standards were well met, but still much potential for improvement in key procedures such as handwashing, use of isolation, and clearing up of excreta and other body fluids.’
- ‘Hospital transmission occurs through inadequate infection control measures. Strict isolation of cases and procedures for handling body fluids and excreta must be maintained.’
- ‘Human excreta - urine and feces - can be treated one of two ways, either aerobically (with oxygen) or anaerobically (without oxygen).’
- ‘Treatment is only supportive, and the best prevention is to minimize contact with rodent excreta.’
Mid 19th century: from Latin, ‘things sifted out’, neuter plural of excretus, past participle of excernere (see excrete).
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