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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.

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