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

Definition of fecal

: of, relating to, or constituting feces

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of fecal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Experts say action is needed to reduce the amount of fecal material in two waterways that feed into Lake Houston, a major water supplier for the Houston area. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Fecal waste targeted in West Fork water quality improvement plan," 21 May 2018 What remains is a soupy mixture of probiotic and fecal material that, for Ana, was administered as an enema into the colon. Kim Campbell Thornton, sacbee, "‘Re-poopulation’ could become a valuable tool in animal care | The Sacramento Bee," 25 Apr. 2018 Expose them to fecal material, bacteria and other pathogens, homemade antibiotics will keep them healthy. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Cockroach Genome Shows Why They Are Impossible to Kill," 21 Mar. 2018 It is spread by swallowing fecal particles containing the parasite. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How Unsanitary Is It to Kiss Your Pet on the Mouth?," 2 May 2019 Officials say the bacteria almost certainly originated in the fecal material of an animal. Jan Hoffman, New York Times, "Romaine Riddle: Why the E. Coli Outbreak Eludes Food Investigators," 7 May 2018 That brings up concerns about pathogens that can be transmitted through fecal particles, Dr. Roach says. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "These 7 Things at Your Office Are Especially Germy," 22 Feb. 2019 Discharges included ammonia nitrogen, iron, suspended solids, and fecal coliform. Frank Kummer, Philly.com, "Pa. second in U.S. for excessive industry discharges into waterways, says report," 27 Mar. 2018 Kirkland has closed Juanita Beach Park due to high levels of fecal bacteria in the water. Sarah Wu, The Seattle Times, "Kirkland closes popular Juanita beach due to sewage pollution," 28 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'fecal.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of fecal

1541, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about fecal

Statistics for fecal

Last Updated

24 May 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for fecal

The first known use of fecal was in 1541

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for fecal


variants: or chiefly British faecal \ ˈfē-​kəl How to pronounce faecal (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 faecally (audio) \ adverb

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on fecal

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with fecal

Spanish Central: Translation of fecal

Nglish: Translation of fecal for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of fecal for Arabic Speakers

Comments on fecal

What made you want to look up fecal? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


incapable of being surmounted or overcome

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Finance Words Quiz

  • a-piggy-bank
  • The etymology of mortgage is related most closely to which two words?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!