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noun Medicine/Medical.
  1. lack of control of urination, especially during sleep; bed-wetting; urinary incontinence.
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Origin of enuresis

1790–1800; < New Latin < Greek en- en-2 + ourē- (variant stem of oureîn to urinate) + -sis -sis
Related formsen·u·ret·ic [en-yuh-ret-ik] /ˌɛn yəˈrɛt ɪk/, adjective
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Historical Examples of enuresis

  • It is the invariable experience that the enuresis then promptly stops.

    The Nervous Child

    Hector Charles Cameron

  • What enuresis signifies in this case is, from the Freudian standpoint, not difficult to understand.

  • We must drop it for quite three weeks, to give the enuresis a chance to stop.

  • I remembered my wise old woman, and asked: "When did the enuresis return?"

  • I mention convulsive attacks and enuresis nocturna, as pathological affections of her childhood which belong to my theme.

British Dictionary definitions for enuresis


  1. involuntary discharge of urine, esp during sleep
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Derived Formsenuretic (ˌɛnjʊˈrɛtɪk), adjective, noun

Word Origin for enuresis

C19: from New Latin, from Greek en- ² + ourein to urinate, from ouron urine
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Word Origin and History for enuresis


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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

enuresis in Medicine


  1. The uncontrolled or involuntary discharge of urine.
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