the waste material that is eliminated through the anus. It is formed in the colon and consists of a solid or semi-solid mass of undigested food remains (chiefly cellulose) mixed with bile pigments (which are responsible for the colour), bacteria, various secretions (e.g. mucus), and some water.
faecal adj.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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