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defecation

 [def″ĕ-ka´shun]
elimination of wastes and undigested food, as feces, from the rectum.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

def·e·ca·tion

(def'ĕ-kā'shŭn),
The discharge of feces from the rectum.
Synonym(s): motion (2) , movement (3)
[L. defaeco, pp. -atus, to remove the dregs, purify]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

def·e·ca·tion

(defĕ-kāshŭn)
The discharge of feces from the rectum.
Synonym(s): movement (3) , defaecation.
[L. defaeco, pp. -atus, to remove the dregs, purify]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

defecation

the elimination of faeces from the alimentary canal via the anus, a process requiring rhythmic contraction of the smooth muscle of the gut wall (under autonomic control) and relaxation of the striated muscle of the anal SPHINCTER under voluntary control.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005

Defecation

Passage of stools through the anus.
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

def·e·ca·tion

(defĕ-kāshŭn)
The discharge of feces from the rectum.
Synonym(s): defaecation.
[L. defaeco, pp. -atus, to remove the dregs, purify]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about defecation

Q. Can pregnancy cause an increase in bowel movements? After very long years now I am 7 wks pregnant with my first child and I have noticed that I'm having more frequent bowel movements during this pregnancy. They are neither loose nor hard out of the ordinary. My husband is little bit afraid of what’s happening with me. I too fear of it. I don’t want to loose him. Has anyone else experienced this, and is this normal? Can pregnancy cause an increase in bowel movements?

A. It is nothing to worry maria. It’s a usual happening during pregnancy. Here I am 13 weeks pregnant with my second child and I too experience frequent bowel movements (2-4/day). It feels as if I am not gaining any weight b/c everything that goes in goes right out. I know this is okay. Here we can get an expert's opinion on this. So don’t worry and comfort your loving and caring husband. My best wishes for your healthy first baby.

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