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To perform defecation.


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.


To perform defecation.


To pass feces (stool) out of the rectum through the anus.
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the act of defecation.

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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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As for the approach to assessing for slow transit once a defecatory disorder is excluded, the statement says, "consideration should be given to assessing colonic transit by radiopaque markers, scintigraphy, or a wireless motility capsule in patients with persistent symptoms on laxatives.
A careful digital rectal examination, including assessment of pelvic floor motion during simulated evacuation, is preferable to a cursory examination without these maneuvers and should be performed prior to referral for anorectal manometry A normal exam, however, does not exclude defecatory disorders.
In addition to colonic transit testing, after ruling out a defecatory disorder, other recommended tests to assess for medical causes of constipation include a complete red blood count.
Pelvic floor retraining by biofeedback therapy rather than laxatives in those with defecatory disorders.
Defecatory dysfunction, characterized by incomplete evacuation and digital manipulation, was associated with worsening posterior compartment POP.