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[en-yuh-ree-sis] /ˌɛn yəˈri sɪs/
noun, Medicine/Medical.
lack of control of urination, especially during sleep; bed-wetting; urinary incontinence.
Origin of enuresis
1790-1800; < New Latin < Greek en- en-2 + ourē- (variant stem of oureîn to urinate) + -sis -sis
Related forms
[en-yuh-ret-ik] /ˌɛn yəˈrɛt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • The father's sister is mentally diseased, the patient's mother was an enuretic in her earlier years and a sleep walker.

    Sleep Walking and Moon Walking Isidor Isaak Sadger
British Dictionary definitions for enuretic


involuntary discharge of urine, esp during sleep
Derived Forms
enuretic (ˌɛnjʊˈrɛtɪk) adjective, noun
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Greek en-² + ourein to urinate, from ouron urine
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Word Origin and History for enuretic



1800, medical Latin, from Greek enourein "to urinate in," from en "in" (see en- (2)) + ourein "to urinate," from ouron (see urine).

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enuretic in Medicine

enuresis en·u·re·sis (ěn'yə-rē'sĭs)
The uncontrolled or involuntary discharge of urine.

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