17th century, borrowed from Late Latin dēfaecātiō. Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˌdɛfɪˈkeɪʃən/, /ˌdɛfəˈkeɪʃən/


  1. The act or process#Noun|process of voiding feces from the bowels.
  2. Any of several processes for the removal of impurities, or for clarifying various materials.
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