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[ en-kuh-pree-sis ]
/ ˌɛn kəˈpri sɪs /

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

involuntary defecation.

Nearby words

encolpion, encomiast, encomienda, encomium, encompass, encopresis, encore, encounter, encounter group, encounter session, encourage

Origin of encopresis

< New Latin < Greek en- en-2 + kópr(os) dung + -esis, as in enuresis
Related formsen·co·pret·ic [en-kuh-pret-ik] /ˌɛn kəˈprɛt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for encopretic


/ (ˌɛnkəʊˈpriːsɪs) /


involuntary discharge of faeces, esp when associated with psychiatric disturbance
Derived Formsencopretic (ˌɛnkəʊˈprɛtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for encopresis

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


[ ĕn′kŏ-prēsĭs ]


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