[ en-yuh-ree-sis ]

  1. lack of control of urination, especially during sleep; urinary incontinence; bedwetting.

Origin of enuresis

1790–1800; <New Latin <Greek en-en-2 + ourē- (variant stem of oureîn to urinate) + -sis-sis

Other words from enuresis

  • en·u·ret·ic [en-yuh-ret-ik], /ˌɛn yəˈrɛt ɪk/, adjective

Words Nearby enuresis

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How to use enuresis in a sentence

  • There is undoubtedly a connection between nocturnal enuresis and sexual activities, sometimes masturbation.

  • Nocturnal enuresis (bed wetting) usually is found to "run in families."

    The Mother and Her Child | William S. Sadler
  • It is usually taught that a great variety of causes is concerned in producing enuresis.

    The Nervous Child | Hector Charles Cameron
  • It is said that enuresis may be due to a deficiency of the thyroid secretion, and that it can be cured by thyroid extract.

    The Nervous Child | Hector Charles Cameron
  • There are certain points in the behaviour of a child with enuresis which seem to point to this conclusion.

    The Nervous Child | Hector Charles Cameron

British Dictionary definitions for enuresis


/ (ˌɛnjʊˈriːsɪs) /

  1. involuntary discharge of urine, esp during sleep

Origin of enuresis

C19: from New Latin, from Greek en- ² + ourein to urinate, from ouron urine

Derived forms of enuresis

  • enuretic (ˌɛnjʊˈrɛtɪk), adjective, noun

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