Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Feces orfaeces are the solid or semisolid metabolic waste from an animal's digestive tract, discharged through the anus or cloaca during a process called defecation. Urine and feces together are called excreta.
Collected feces has various uses, namely as fertilizer or soil conditioner in agriculture, as a fuel source, or for medicinal purposes (fecal transplants or fecal bacteriotherapy, in the case of human feces).
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
also faeces, c.1400, "dregs," from Latin faeces "sediment, dregs," plural of faex (genitive faecis) "grounds, sediment, wine-lees, dregs," which is of unknown origin. Specific sense of "human excrement" is from 1630s in English but is not found in classical Latin. Hence Latin faex populi "the dregs of the people; the lowest class of society."
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Faeces \F[ae]"ces\, n. pl. [L. faex, pl. faeces, dregs.] Excrement; ordure; also, settlings; sediment after infusion or distillation. [Written also feces.]
n. digested waste material (typically solid or semi-solid) discharged from the bowels; excrement.
Usage examples of "feces".
The metal toilet in the cell had backed up, and was filled to the brim with a brown stew of liquid feces and sour, beerish urine.
The destruction of the parts was so complete and the opening so large as to bring into view the whole inner surface of the pelvis, in spite of which, after prolonged suppuration, the wound cicatrized from behind forward and health returned, except as regards the inconvenience of feces and urine.
The abdomen was distended with tympanites and the rectum much dilated with accumulated feces.
Suddenly he is not just sitting there going glub glub glub while examining a piece of his own feces on his own thumb, which is something we recently found our Billy doing.
Sometimes we have felt that our childless friends think badly of us for having a kid who just goes glub glub glub in the corner while looking at his feces on his thumb.
And the pseudo expired there in its cell, complete with the expellation of a pseudo pound of feces that Gordie thought was so much more than appropriate.
We moved on to an interesting discussion of exotic fauna like hoop snakes, snippers, blimps, and the truly disgusting rocket slugs, which dodge predators by expelling feces so violently they shoot into the air and glide great distances.
Zacutus Lusitanus describes an infant with an imperforate membrane over its anus who voided feces through the urethra for three months.
Throughout her fast she had periodic convulsions, and voided no urine or feces for twelve months before her death.
By the time she had Finished cleaning up the mess of vomitus, feces, and urine which her suffering body had voided under his ungentle ministrations, and he had promised, in a soft tone that chilled her very soul, to soon return, it was nearly noon.
By the time she had finished cleaning up the mess of vomitus, feces, and urine which her suffering body had voided under his ungentle ministrations, and he had promised, in a soft tone that chilled her very soul, to soon return, it was nearly noon.
The feces may accumulate in the rectum, because they cannot pass this obstruction.
In a word, the accumulation of feces in the colon irritates both the large and small intestines, thus causing congestion of the bowels, liver, or stomach.
The nauseating odor of urine and feces was overlaid with the sharper scent of the combustible fluid.
Opium impeded the normal peristaltic movements of the bowels, letting feces back up into the large intestine and harden until it was impossible to pass.