fe·cal | \ˈfē-kəl \

Definition of fecal 

: of, relating to, or constituting feces

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Roundworm and whipworm are excreted with human feces and spread via food contaminated by insufficient handwashing or the use of fecal matter as fertilizer. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Archaeologists Unseal 17th-Century Danish Latrines to Discover Copenhageners’ Dietary Habits," 9 July 2018 The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County has issued a swimming advisory late Tuesday afternoon for Virginia Key Beach Southside (Dog Beach) and Crandon North Beach after testing indicated the waters might have too much fecal matter. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Too much poop in the water means a July 4 swimming advisory for these beaches," 4 July 2018 Other cities, such as Tempe, Ariz., are also trying to incorporate more fecal studies into their response to the opioid crisis. Terace Garnier, Fox News, "NC town battles opioid epidemic by using robots to test people’s poop," 12 July 2018 Firefighters save the day after spotting kids struggling to fill pool The source of the problem is human fecal matter. Glenn Howatt, ajc, "Swimming pools, hot tubs are more likely than lakes to make you sick, studies find," 9 July 2018 And less goose poop could mean less E. coli in the water and fewer fecal land mines for visitors to step on. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Goose poop at Lake St. Clair Metropark beach? Not if this dog can help it," 12 June 2018 Some of the most promising research involves fecal transplantation — the introduction through colonoscopy, endoscopy or enema of a donor stool. Fortune, "Why Washing Your Hands Too Much Could Make You Sick," 12 June 2018 Hepatitis A, which is transmitted through fecal contamination, is at its most infectious about two weeks before symptoms appear. Paul Sisson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Hepatitis A case prompts National City treatment center warning," 6 July 2018 In the mid-2000s, the municipality tested Jewel Lake and Goose Lake for fecal coliform bacteria monthly, from June to August, said Jeffrey Urbanus, a hydrologist with the city. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Feel like a swim? Here’s the lowdown on Anchorage lakes," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of fecal

1541, in the meaning defined above

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variants: or chiefly British faecal \ˈfē-kəl \

Medical Definition of fecal 

: of, relating to, or constituting feces fecal incontinence fecal matter

Other Words from fecal

fecally or chiefly British faecally \-kə-lē \ adverb

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