- to separate (waste matter) from the blood or tissue and eliminate from the body, as through the kidneys or sweat glands
- Bot. to eliminate (waste matter) from the cells
Origin of excrete; from Classical Latin excretus, past participle of excernere, to sift out ; from ex-, out of + cernere, to sift: see harvest
transitive verbex·cret·ed, ex·cret·ing, ex·cretes
Origin of excreteLatin excernere, excr&emacron;t- : ex-, ex- + cernere, to separate; see krei- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present excretes, present participle excreting, simple past and past participle excreted)
From Latin excretum, past participle of excerno, from ex-, "out", and cerno, "to separate".