bowel movement


plural bowel movements
: an act of passing usually solid waste through the rectum and anus
He had a two-day history of right lower abdominal pain … without bowel movements.William W. Scott, Jr. et al.
also : fecal matter expelled at one passage : stool sense 3a
Cats get infected from contact with other cats' bowel movements or by predation. Donald Caslow

Examples of bowel movement in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In lots of cases, diarrhea—though wildly unpleasant—is limited to a loose bowel movement that resolves within a day or so. Christine Byrne, Mph, SELF, 4 Mar. 2024 Anyone who discovers black poop after a bowel movement should seek immediate medical attention. Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Mar. 2024 Fiber can relieve constipation and keep bowel movements regular, but likely won’t improve other common side effects such as diarrhea or nausea. Kristen Fischer, Health, 15 Mar. 2024 The amniotic fluid smells foul, looks greenish or brownish, or contains lots of blood: These qualities could indicate fetal distress, or that the baby has passed meconium (the first bowel movement), explains Brichter, in which case your provider will want to check in on your baby. Nicole Harris, Parents, 14 Mar. 2024 Within days of arriving to Kibera, my sister and I contracted chest infections and bloody, watery bowel movements that are symptomatic of dysentery. Jeffrey Okoro, STAT, 24 Nov. 2023 Who better to trade banter about gaping vaginas, the unclassifiable dampness of one’s second-trimester nether regions, the lack-of-lactation blues, and uncontrollable bowel movements in the O.R.? David Fear, Rolling Stone, 10 Mar. 2024 Staller also recommended drinking plenty of water to help maintain regular bowel movements and prevent constipation, which can contribute to bloating. Erica Lamberg, Fox News, 8 Feb. 2024 Some social media influencers are claiming that eating an orange (with its peel) topped with cayenne pepper and cinnamon can produce an instant bowel movement. Sarah Garone, Health, 31 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bowel movement was in 1870

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Cite this Entry

“Bowel movement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

bowel movement

: an act of passing usually solid waste through the rectum and anus
also : fecal matter expelled at one passage : stool

Medical Definition

bowel movement

: an act of passing usually solid waste through the rectum and anus
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