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 ēmunctōrius from Latin ēmunctus past participle of ēmungere to blow one's nose ē-, 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.