any organ or part of the body that gives off waste products, as the kidneys, lungs, or skin
Origin of emunctoryModern Latin emunctorium ; from past participle of Classical Latin emungere, to blow the nose, cleanse ; from e-, out + mungere, to blow the nose: for Indo-European base see mucus
giving off waste products; excretory
Serving to carry waste out of the body; excretory.
An organ or duct that removes or carries waste from the body.
Origin of emunctoryMiddle English emunctorie, from Medieval Latin &emacron;munct&omacron;rius, from Latin &emacron;munctus, past participle of &emacron;mungere, to blow one's nose : &emacron;-, ex-, intensive pref.; see ex– + mungere, to blow one's nose.
(comparative more emunctory, superlative most emunctory)
- Pertaining to the elimination of waste from the body.
- A mixture of poor diet and poor hygiene caused him inflammation of the emunctory aperture.
- Any part of the body which carries or removes waste.