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Excretion   /ɪkskrˈiʃən/   Listen

The bodily process of discharging waste matter.  Synonyms: elimination, evacuation, excreting, voiding.
Waste matter (as urine or sweat but especially feces) discharged from the body.  Synonyms: body waste, excrement, excreta, excretory product.

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... in girls begins the phenomenon known as menstruation, in which there is a large excretion of calcium salts. In pregnancy these are needed for building the skeleton of the foetus, and at delivery go to the breasts to assist in lactation. Bell states that there is a noticeable connection between early menstruation and ...
— Taboo and Genetics • Melvin Moses Knight, Iva Lowther Peters, and Phyllis Mary Blanchard

... extravasation [Med.], perspiration, sweating, leakage, percolation, distillation, oozing; gush &c (water in motion) 348; outpour, outpouring; effluence, effusion; effluxion^, drain; dribbling &c v.; defluxion^; drainage; outcome, output; discharge &c (excretion) 299. export, expatriation; emigration, remigration^; debouch, debouche; emunctory^; exodus &c (departure) 293; emigrant. outlet, vent, spout, tap, sluice, floodgate; pore; vomitory, outgate^, sally port; way ...
— Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases: Body • Roget

... are one and the same in essence, and the forth-going impulse which calls a universe into being and the indrawing impulse which extinguishes it again, each lasting millions of years, are echoed and repeated in the inflow and outflow of the breath through the nostrils, in nutrition and excretion, in daily activity and nightly rest, in that longer day which we name a lifetime, and that longer rest in Devachan—and so on until time itself ...
— The Beautiful Necessity • Claude Fayette Bragdon

... death from starvation are as follows: There is marked general emaciation; the skin is dry, shrivelled, and covered with a brown, bad-smelling excretion; the muscles soft, atrophied, and free from fat; the liver is small, but the gall-bladder is distended with bile. The heart, lungs, and internal organs are shrivelled and bloodless. The stomach is sometimes quite healthy; in other cases it may be collapsed, empty, and ulcerated. ...
— Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology • W. G. Aitchison Robertson

... an equal volume of water, and is expelled from the body with great ease. In the herbivora the nitrogenous waste takes the form of another body called hippuric acid. The nearly solid light-coloured urinary excretion of birds and serpents consists of urates; this is uric acid in combination with alkalies. In man, in addition to the urea excreted, there is also a little hippuric and uric acid or compounds of these. Uric acid is a transparent colourless crystalline body almost insoluble ...
— The Chemistry of Food and Nutrition • A. W. Duncan

... except from dawn to dusk and dusk to dawn; that they were exactly like the crowd of sea gulls, each individual rotating in its own little orbit, and that the wonderful coloured and spangled crust called Civilization was nothing more than the excretion of individual ...
— The Beach of Dreams • H. De Vere Stacpoole

... panted The Master in agony. "It—If the formula is known it—can be duplicated! It—the excretion can be hastened! It can all be forced from the body! Simply! So simply! If only you know! I will tell you how it is done! The medicine ...
— Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930 • Various

... almost airtight layers of underwear and outer clothing made of cotton, wool, silk and leather prevent the ventilation of the skin and the escape of the morbid excretions of the body. The skin is an organ of absorption as well as of excretion; consequently the systemic poisons which are eliminated from the organism, if not removed by proper ventilation and bathing, are reabsorbed into the system just like the poisonous exhalations from the lungs are reinhaled and reabsorbed by people ...
— Nature Cure • Henry Lindlahr

... give instances of milk appearing in the perspiration, and there are numerous varieties of milk-metastasis recorded Dolaeus and Nuck mention the appearance of milk in the saliva. Autenreith mentions metastasis of milk through an abdominal abscess to the thigh, and Balthazaar also mentions excretion of milk from the thigh. Bourdon mentions milk from the thigh, labia, and vulva. Klein speaks of the metastasis of the milk to the lochia. Gardane speaks of metastasis to the lungs, and there is another case on record in which this phenomenon caused asphyxia. Schenck describes ...
— Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine • George M. Gould

... to swallow and anomalous habits of excretion seem to be negativistic in their nature. One thinks at once of the necessity for tube-feeding, which is so common even when patients seem otherwise fairly active. Naturally this form of treatment is necessary only when the patient refuses to swallow. Quite frequently a refusal to urinate is met ...
— Benign Stupors - A Study of a New Manic-Depressive Reaction Type • August Hoch

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