Definition of excreta in US English:



  • treated as singular or plural Waste matter discharged from the body, especially feces and urine.

    • ‘No proper arrangement for disposal of excreta and other waste had been made where large numbers of people were staying in temporary camps.’
    • ‘You get it by eating food contaminated with the excreta of people who are either infected themselves or who carry the germs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pets, especially their excreta and urine cause IAP.’
    • ‘Humans can be infected by inhaling tiny droplets of virus-laden rodent excreta, eating contaminated food or simply by absorption through the skin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Hospital transmission occurs through inadequate infection control measures. Strict isolation of cases and procedures for handling body fluids and excreta must be maintained.’
    • ‘The surroundings of the school are no longer dirty with excreta and odour of urine.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Human excreta - urine and feces - can be treated one of two ways, either aerobically (with oxygen) or anaerobically (without oxygen).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Treatment is only supportive, and the best prevention is to minimize contact with rodent excreta.’
    • ‘Black water is contaminated with human excreta and discharges.’
    • ‘When excessive fluid is generated in the system, it normally exits through sweat, urine and excreta.’
    • ‘SNV is transmitted to humans predominantly by inhalation of aerosolized viral particles from rodent excreta or saliva.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I noticed that much of nurses' time is spent on urine and excreta that get to the sheets.’
    • ‘It is emphasized that hands should be washed before eating, before feeding children, after defecation and after disposal of children's excreta.’
    dirt, muck, grime, mud, mire, sludge, slime, ooze, foul matter
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Mid 19th century: from Latin, ‘things sifted out’, neuter plural of excretus, past participle of excernere (see excrete).