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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  • 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

  • emunctory — 1. adjective Pertaining to the elimination of waste from the body. A mixture of poor diet and poor hygiene caused him inflammation of the emunctory aperture. See Also: emunction 2. noun Any part of the body which carries or removes waste …   Wiktionary

  • emunctory —    associated with farting    Literally, no more than relating to a bodily duct or orifice having an excretory use, including sweat glands:     Perhaps I do have a tendency to emunctory moments, but so do many elderly men. (L. Thomas, 1994 he… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • 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 — emunc·to·ry i məŋ(k) t(ə )rē n, pl ries an organ (as a kidney) or part of the body (as the skin) that carries off body wastes * * * emunc·to·ry (e munkґtə re) [L. emungere to cleanse] 1. excretory or depurant. 2. any excretory organ or duct …   Medical dictionary

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

  • emunctory — emunc·to·ry …   English syllables

  • 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 —   a.,n. excretory (organ) …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • emunctory — ə̇ˈməŋ(k)t(ə)rē, ēˈ noun ( es) Etymology: New Latin emunctorium, from Latin emunctus (past participle of emungere to blow or wipe the nose, from e + mungere, akin to mucus) + orium ory more at mucus archaic : an organ or part of the body (as …   Useful english dictionary

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