Feces
The medical and scientific term for the "excrement discharged from the intestines." The word "feces" (or its English version "faeces") in Shakespeare in this context until the 17th century "feces" merely meant the "dregs or sediment" of wine or some other fermented product. From the Latin "faex" and "faecis" meaning the dregs or sediment. "Feces" is the plural. There is no singular.
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The matter discharged from the bowel during defecation, consisting of the undigested residue of food, epithelium, intestinal mucus, bacteria, and waste material from the food. SYN: stercus. [L., pl. of faex (faec-), dregs]

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fe·ces or chiefly Brit fae·ces 'fē-(.)sēz n pl bodily waste discharged through the anus: EXCREMENT

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fe·ces (feґsēz) [L. faeces, pl. of faex refuse] material discharged from the intestines, consisting of bacteria, cells exfoliated from the intestines, secretions, chiefly of the liver, and a small amount of food residue. Called also excrement and stool. fecal adj

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  • fèces — [ fɛs ] n. f. pl. • 1515; lat. fæces, de fæx « lie, excrément » 1 ♦ Pharm. (Chim. anc.) Lie qui se dépose au fond d un récipient contenant un liquide trouble qu on laisse reposer. 2 ♦ Physiol. Excréments solides de l homme et des animaux, formés… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • fécès — fèces [ fɛs ] n. f. pl. • 1515; lat. fæces, de fæx « lie, excrément » 1 ♦ Pharm. (Chim. anc.) Lie qui se dépose au fond d un récipient contenant un liquide trouble qu on laisse reposer. 2 ♦ Physiol. Excréments solides de l homme et des animaux,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • feces — FECES. s. f. p. Terme de Chimie, & de Medecine, Le marc, la lie qui restent dans l alembic, aprés la distillation. Jetter les feces qui sont demeurées dans l alembic …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Feces — Fe ces, n. pl. dregs; sediment; excrement. See {F[AE]ces}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Feces — (lat.), so v.w. Faeces …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • fèces — m fiziol., {{c=1}}v. {{ref}}fekalije{{/ref}} ✧ {{001f}}lat …   Veliki rječnik hrvatskoga jezika

  • feces — also faeces, c.1400, dregs, from L. faeces sediment, dregs, pl. of faex (gen. faecis) grounds, sediment, lees, dregs, of unknown origin. Specific sense of human excrement is from 1630s …   Etymology dictionary

  • feces — fèces m DEFINICIJA fiziol., v. fekalije ETIMOLOGIJA lat. faeces: izmetine ← faex: izmetina, talog …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • feces — (Brit. faeces) ► PLURAL NOUN ▪ waste matter remaining after food has been digested, discharged from the bowels. DERIVATIVES fecal adjective. ORIGIN Latin, plural of faex dregs …   English terms dictionary

  • feces — [fē′sēz΄] pl.n. [L faeces, pl. of faex, dregs, lees] waste matter expelled from the bowels; excrement …   English World dictionary

  • Feces — Fecal Matter redirects here. For the American grunge band, see Fecal Matter (band). Not to be confused with excretion …   Wikipedia

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