continence

[kon-tn-uh ns]
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noun
  1. self-restraint or abstinence, especially in regard to sexual activity; temperance; moderation.
  2. Physiology. the ability to voluntarily control urinary and fecal discharge.
Also con·ti·nen·cy.

Origin of continence

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Latin word continentia. See continent, -ence
Related formsnon·con·ti·nence, nounnon·con·ti·nen·cy, nounun·con·ti·nence, noun
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Word Origin and History for continence
n.

late 14c., "self-restraint," from Old French continence (14c.), from Latin continentia "a holding back, repression," from continent-, present participle stem of continere (see continent). Especially of sexual desire from late 14c.; of the body's eliminatory functions, from 1915. Related: Continency.

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continence in Medicine

continence

[kŏntə-nəns]
n.
  1. Self-restraint; moderation.
  2. Voluntary control over urinary and fecal discharge.
  3. Partial or complete abstention from sexual activity.
Related formsconti•nent adj.
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