Emunctories
Emunctory E*munc"to*ry, n.; pl. {Emunctories}. [L. emunctorium a pair of snuffers, fr. emungere, emunctum, to blow the nose, hence, to wipe, cleanse; e out + mungere to blow the nose: cf. F. ['e]monctoire, formerly spelled also ['e]monctoire.] (Physiol.) Any organ or part of the body (as the kidneys, skin, etc.,) which serves to carry off excrementitious or waste matter. [1913 Webster]

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  • emunctories — n. secreting, discharging (pertaining to a part of the body) adj. excretory …   English contemporary dictionary

  • emunctories — n. pl. Excretory ducts …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • Elimination — E*lim i*na tion, n. [Cf. F. [ e]limination.] 1. The act of expelling or throwing off; (Physiol.) the act of discharging or excreting waste products or foreign substances through the various emunctories. [1913 Webster] 2. (Alg.) Act of causing a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Emunctory — E*munc to*ry, n.; pl. {Emunctories}. [L. emunctorium a pair of snuffers, fr. emungere, emunctum, to blow the nose, hence, to wipe, cleanse; e out + mungere to blow the nose: cf. F. [ e]monctoire, formerly spelled also [ e]monctoire.] (Physiol.)… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Excrement — Ex cre*ment, n. [L. excrementum, fr. excernere, excretum, to skin out, discharge: cf. F. excr[ e]ment. See {Excrete}.] Matter excreted and ejected; that which is excreted or cast out of the animal body by any of the natural emunctories;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • emunctory — /i mungk teuh ree/, n., pl. emunctories, adj. Physiol. n. 1. a part or organ of the body, as the skin or a kidney, that functions in carrying off waste products. adj. 2. excretory. [1535 45; < NL emunctorium (n.), emunctorius (adj.), equiv. to L… …   Universalium

  • emunctory — /əˈmʌŋktəri/ (say uh mungktuhree) noun (plural emunctories) 1. a part or organ of the body, as the skin, a kidney, etc., carrying off waste products. –adjective 2. excretory. {New Latin, from Latin ēmunctōrium a pair of snuffers} …   Australian English dictionary

  • emunctory — [ē muŋk′tə rē] n. pl. emunctories [ModL emunctorium < pp. of L emungere, to blow the nose, cleanse < e , out + mungere, to blow the nose: for IE base see MUCUS] any organ or part of the body that gives off waste products, as the kidneys,… …   English World dictionary

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