fecal

adjective
fe·​cal | \ ˈfē-kəl How to pronounce fecal (audio) \

Definition of fecal

: of, relating to, or constituting feces

Examples of fecal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For three years, research teams would spend a month in the bush, walking 12 kilometers (about 7 miles) a day seeking elephant fecal samples, breaking only for a week at a time. Farai Mutsaka, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Nov. 2021 After zoo staff noticed the animals had symptoms consistent with the disease, testing was done using fecal samples and nasal swabs. Tori B. Powell, CBS News, 15 Nov. 2021 Their preliminary analysis of fecal samples suggests the Gorongosa elephants are shifting their diet, without long incisors to peel bark from trees. NBC News, 22 Oct. 2021 Their preliminary analysis of fecal samples suggests the Gorongosa elephants are shifting their diet, without long incisors to peel bark from trees. Christina Larson, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Oct. 2021 The following week, tests on fecal samples showed six lions and three tigers were probably infected. Washington Post, 8 Oct. 2021 Zoo workers collected fecal samples and sent them to the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Reynoldsburg for testing. Cameron Fields, cleveland, 30 Sep. 2021 The fecal swabs were put into small test tubes and taken to a government wildlife genetic analysis laboratory in the capital, Libreville, where scientists extracted DNA from about 2,500 samples collected countrywide. Farai Mutsaka, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Nov. 2021 The doctor may screen for additional fecal parasites, such as hookworms, whipworms, and roundworms. Shelby Deering, Good Housekeeping, 4 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of fecal

1541, in the meaning defined above

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30 Dec 2021

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“Fecal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fecal. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for fecal

fecal

adjective
fe·​cal
variants: or chiefly British faecal \ ˈfē-​kəl How to pronounce fecal (audio) \

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 How to pronounce fecal (audio) \ adverb

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