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To perform defecation.
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v. defe·cated, defe·cating, defe·cates
To void feces from the bowels.
1. To void (feces) from the bowels.
2. To remove impurities from (a liquid, such as fruit juice), especially in sugar refining.

def′e·ca′tion n.
def′e·ca′tor n.
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To perform defecation.
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To pass feces (stool) out of the rectum through the anus.
Mentioned in: Bowel Training
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Patient discussion about defecate

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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A preliminary injunction banning the restraint chair in Ventura County, California, found that jail policy "allows deputies to require restrained arrestees to either urinate or defecate on themselves and be forced to sit in their own feces or 'hold it.'"
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Gaylin and Jennings argue that in the name of autonomy, "mentally ill patients were granted their freedom to defecate, urinate, sleep, starve, freeze, murder, and be murdered in the streets of our larger cities." The authors decry the abuse Lorena Bobbitt, who cut off her husband's penis, or the Menendez brothers, who murdered their parents.
Things have come a long way since astronauts had to defecate into plastic bags with adhesive-lined tops!