[ en-yuh-ree-sis ]
/ ˌɛn yəˈri sɪs /

noun Medicine/Medical.

lack of control of urination, especially during sleep; bed-wetting; urinary incontinence.

Origin of enuresis

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


en·u·ret·ic [en-yuh-ret-ik] /ˌɛn yəˈrɛt ɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for enuretic

  • The father's sister is mentally diseased, the patient's mother was an enuretic in her earlier years and a sleep walker.

    Sleep Walking and Moon Walking|Isidor Isaak Sadger

British Dictionary definitions for enuretic

/ (ˌɛnjʊˈriːsɪs) /


involuntary discharge of urine, esp during sleep

Derived forms of enuresis

enuretic (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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Medical definitions for enuretic

[ ĕn′yə-rēsĭs ]


The uncontrolled or involuntary discharge of urine.
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