Emunctory

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Emunctory (Physiol) Any organ or part of the body (as the kidneys, skin, etc.,) which serves to carry off excrementitious or waste matter.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • emunctory Excretory; depuratory; serving to excrete, carry off, and discharge from the body waste products or effete matters.
    • n emunctory A part or an organ of the body which has an excretory or depuratory function; an organ or a part which eliminates effete or excrementitious matters or products of decomposition, as carbonic dioxid, urea, cholesterin, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Emunctory e-mungk′tor-i an organ of the body that carries off waste: an excretory duct
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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. émonctoire, formerly spelled also émonctoire,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. emungĕre, emunctum, to blow the nose, to cleanse.

Usage

In literature:

The elimination of the toxins is promoted by securing free action of the emunctories.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
An emunctory business, first functioned by Barabbas.
"The Roycroft Dictionary" by Elbert Hubbard
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