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encopresis

[ en-kuh-pree-sis ]
/ ˌɛn kəˈpri sɪs /
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noun, plural en·co·pre·ses [en-kuh-pree-seez]. /ˌɛn kəˈpri siz/. Psychiatry.

involuntary defecation.

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Origin of encopresis

<New Latin <Greek en-en-2 + kópr(os) dung + -esis, as in enuresis

OTHER WORDS FROM encopresis

en·co·pret·ic [en-kuh-pret-ik], /ˌɛn kəˈprɛt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for encopresis

encopresis
/ (ˌɛnkəʊˈpriːsɪs) /

noun

involuntary discharge of faeces, esp when associated with psychiatric disturbance

Derived forms of encopresis

encopretic (ˌɛnkəʊˈprɛtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for encopresis

C20: from New Latin, from Greek en- ² + copr (o) -, + -esis as in enuresis
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Medical definitions for encopresis

encopresis
[ ĕn′kŏ-prēsĭs ]

n.

The repeated uncontrolled or involuntary passage of feces not as a result of a physical disorder but for psychological reasons.
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