Meaning of egest in English:


Pronunciation /ɪˈdʒɛst/


[with object]formal
  • (of a cell or organism) excrete (waste matter)

    ‘animals that feed near the surface will egest material at depth’
    • ‘We can deduce that the cyprinids in this study egest and excrete nutrients at a ratio close to 15.’
    • ‘All we need to do is have her ingest at one end what she egests from the other end.’
    • ‘It egests distinct fecal pellets that are long rods and are placed, by the worm, in a pile on the sediment surface.’
    • ‘When it eats foods with hard parts, it egests these parts in the form of pellets.’
    • ‘Since magnesium citrate stimulates the bowel to perform their task of egesting waste, it is not advisable to prolong its use.’
    eject, expel, emit, discharge, pass, excrete, egest, let out, send out, release, exude, eliminate


Late Middle English (as egestion): from Latin egest-, from the verb egerere ‘expel’, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out’ + gerere ‘bear, carry’.