- To defecate is defined as to have a bowel movement.
When you expel feces, this is an example of a time when you defecate.
A dog defecates.
transitive verbdefecated, defecating
Origin of defecate; from Classical Latin defaecatus, past participle of defaecare, to cleanse from dregs, strain ; from de-, from + faex (gen. faecis), grounds, dregs
- to become free from impurities
- to excrete waste matter from the bowels
verbdef·e·cat·ed, def·e·cat·ing, def·e·cates
- To void (feces) from the bowels.
- To remove impurities from (a liquid, such as fruit juice), especially in sugar refining.
Origin of defecateLatin dēfaecāre, to clean the dregs from : dē-, de- + faex, faec-, dregs.
(third-person singular simple present defecates, present participle defecating, simple past and past participle defecated)
- The sense 'to purify' is rare in contrast to the common mean to empty bowels.
(comparative more defecate, superlative most defecate)
From the participle stem of Latin dēfaecāre (“to purify”), from de- and faex (“dreg, impurity”).