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the ability to exercise voluntary control over natural impulses, such as the urge to defecate or urinate. adj., adj con´tinent.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
1. The ability to retain urine or feces until the proper time for their discharge.
2. Moderation, temperance, or self-restraint in respect to the appetites, especially in relationship to sexual intercourse.
[L. continentia, fr. con- tineo, to hold back]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
1. Voluntary control over urinary and fecal discharge.
2. Self-restraint, especially abstinence from sexual intercourse.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
continenceSelf control vis-à-vis defecation, sexual activity, urination
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Moderation, temperance, or self-restraint in respect to the appetites, especially to sexual intercourse.
2. The ability to retain urine and/or feces until a proper time for their discharge.
[L. continentia, fr. con-tineo, to hold back]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
continenceSelf-control or restraint, especially in relation to sexual activity. The antonym, incontinence, seems, nowadays, to be applied mainly to urination and defaecation.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
Normal function of the urinary bladder and urethra, allowing fluid flow during urination and completely stopping flow at other times.
Mentioned in: Hypospadias and Epispadias
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.