Origin: 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. Emonctoire, formerly spelled also emonctoire.

<physiology> Any organ or part of the body (as the kidneys, skin, etc,) which serves to carry off excrementitious or waste matter.

(01 Mar 1998)

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