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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.
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]
continence/con·ti·nence/ (kon´tin-ens) the ability to control natural impulses.con´tinent
1. Voluntary control over urinary and fecal discharge.
2. Self-restraint, especially abstinence from sexual intercourse.
Etymology: L, continere, to contain
1 the ability to control bladder or bowel function.
2 the use of self-restraint, particularly in regard to sexual intercourse.
continenceSelf control vis-à-vis defecation, sexual activity, urination
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]
continenceSelf-control or restraint, especially in relation to sexual activity. The antonym, incontinence, seems, nowadays, to be applied mainly to urination and defaecation.
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
the ability to exercise voluntary control over natural impulses, such as the urge to defecate or urinate.