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n 1 a  :  a movement outward and back or from a mean position or axis <the difference in the of the femur in the bipedal gait of humans and the chimpanzee>   b  :  the distance traversed  2  :  one complete movement of expansion and contraction of the lungs and their membranes (as in breathing) .
Similar sounding terms:  ex·co·ri·a·tion  ex·cre·tion 

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