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Excretion


EXCRE'TION, noun [Latin excretio, from excerno, to separate.]

1. A separation of some fluid from the blood, by means of the glands; a throwing off or discharge of animal fluids from the body.

2. That which is excreted; fluids separated from the body by the glands and called excrement.

The term excretion is more usually applied to those secretions which are directly discharged from the body. It is also applied to the discharges from the bowels, which are called alvine excretions.