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"Tossing of excrement is also known from ancient literature. The fragments of Aeschylus’ satyric drama “The Collector of Bones” contain an episode in which a “vile-smelling vessel,” that is, a chamber pot, is thrown at the head of Odysseus. A similar episode is presented in a satyric drama by Sophocles, “The Feast of the Achaeans,” which has been preserved. Other such episodes are related to the comic Heracles as pictured on antique vases, drunk and lying at the door of a hetaera while an old procuress empties a chamber pot on his head, or armed with this vessel and pursuing another figure. Finally, we have a fragment from the Fabulae Atellanae of Pomponius: “Thou Diomedes, hast drenched me in urine.” (This play was probably a revised version of “The Feast of the Achaeans.”)--Rabelais and His World (1965) by Mikhail Bakhtin

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Excretion is the process of eliminating waste products of metabolism and other non-useful materials. It is an essential process in all forms of life.

The process of removing or ejecting material that has no further utility, especially from the body; the act of excreting.

Something being excreted in that manner.

Perspiration is another excretory process which removes salts and water, although the primary purpose is cooling.


Many people misuse the term excretion as a euphemism for defecation, and use excrement for feces, but this is medically inexact.

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