excrete [eks krēt′, ikskrēt′]
vt., vi.
excreted, excreting [< L excretus, pp. of excernere, to sift out < ex-, out of + cernere, to sift: see HARVEST]
1. to separate (waste matter) from the blood or tissue and eliminate from the body, as through the kidneys or sweat glands
2. Bot. to eliminate (waste matter) from the cells

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