fe·​cal | \ˈfē-kəl \

Definition of fecal 

: of, relating to, or constituting feces

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There, chemists assessed the composition in terms of fats, metals, and fecal content. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "London museum is livestreaming a key 21st-century artifact—festering sewage," 18 Aug. 2018 The bacteria is frequently found in fecal matter; high rains in the region lately have carried waste upstream from septic tanks and treatment centers and dumped it into the Gulf, KHOU-TV reports. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "The Scary Reason You May Want to Avoid the Ocean This Summer," 24 June 2015 Researchers have long documented that human versions of the virus cause outbreaks of acute liver inflammation in developing countries, typically in cases where fecal contamination seeps into water sources. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Rat hepatitis jumps to human for first time, spotlighting disease mystery," 2 Oct. 2018 More: 'Life-changing surgery': IU Health gender affirmation program one of few in Midwest The hepatitis A virus generally is transmitted through contaminated food or water or though the fecal-oral route. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Hepatitis outbreaks: 10 things to know about the liver disease," 15 June 2018 Water samples are analyzed for three fecal indicator bacteria that indicate pollution from numerous sources, including human and animal waste. Rosanna Xia, latimes.com, "Hitting the beach should be cleaner this summer — as long as you avoid these sandy stretches," 7 June 2018 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

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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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