Origin of excretaL, neuter plural of excretus
Excreta is defined as the body's waste.
Urine, feces and sweat are examples of excreta.
Waste matter, such as sweat, urine, or feces, discharged from the body.
Origin of excretaLatin excrēta from neuter pl. past participle of excernere to excrete ; see excrete .
- Now dead animal substance and the excreta of animals decompose in the long run into carbonic acid, water and mineral salts, and so there is a continual destruction of animal substance both on the land and in the sea.
- The animal excreta, musk and civet, also enter into the composition of modern European pastils and clous fumants.
- Peruvian guano is obtained from the excreta of South American sea-birds, and fish guano from the waste of fish.
- The washing seems to remove excreta of the muscle's own production, and the period of repose removes them perhaps by diffusion, perhaps by breaking them down into innocuous material.
- It has been suggested that the gradual cumulative result of the activity of the nerve cells during the waking day is to load the brain tissue with "fatigue-substances" Theories of which clog the action of the cells, and thus periodi cally produce that loss of consciousness, &c., which is sleep. Such a drugging of tissue by its own excreta is known in muscular fatigue, but the fact that the depth of sleep progressively increases for an hour and more after its onset prevents complete explanation of sleep on similar lines.