Definition of faeces in English:


(US feces)

plural noun

  • Waste matter remaining after food has been digested, discharged from the bowels; excrement.

    • ‘It is important to change the baby's nappy regularly, to minimise the chance of urine and faeces irritating the skin.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the attenuated virus is excreted in the faeces, leading to herd immunity.’
    • ‘The fungus is a common soil contaminant being excreted in feces of several birds particularly pigeons.’
    • ‘Human infection follows accidental ingestion of ova passed in dog faeces.’
    • ‘Take care to avoid contact with the feces of family pets - especially reptiles.’
    • ‘Typhoid bacteria are released in the urine and faeces of infected people.’
    • ‘Adenovirus is spread by contact with infected feces, urine or respiratory droplets.’
    • ‘Rat urine and feces are infectious and contaminate the surroundings, including human food.’
    • ‘Collect and label urine and faeces of patients who have possible internal radioactive contamination.’
    • ‘Contact with cats, kittens, cats' faeces, or cats who hunt for food was not a risk factor for infection.’
    • ‘You also can get this infection from soil where there is cat feces, so wear gloves when you are gardening.’
    • ‘Those are infectious stages of the parasite and it's also excreted into the environment with the faeces.’
    • ‘Urine, faeces and sweat have been described as the three main excretable products.’
    • ‘People can become sick after eating food or water with animal feces in it.’
    • ‘Ascariasis occurs when worm eggs commonly found in soil and human feces are ingested.’
    • ‘Cysts are passed in a host's feces, remaining viable in a moist environment for months.’
    • ‘Incontinence to urine and faeces commonly dates from pregnancy and childbirth.’
    • ‘Typhoid fever is a bacterial infection transmitted by food or water from urine or faeces from infected people.’
    • ‘The inclusion of the phytase enzyme in the diet will reduce the amount of phosphorus excreted in the feces.’
    • ‘Dust mite allergens are proteins that come from the digestive tracts of mites and are found in mite feces.’
    excrement, bodily waste, waste matter, ordure, dung, manure, scat
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Late Middle English: from Latin, plural of faex ‘dregs’.