fe·​cal ˈfē-kəl How to pronounce fecal (audio)
: of, relating to, or constituting feces

Examples of fecal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At-home fecal immunochemical tests look for trace amounts of blood in the stool. Discover Magazine, 31 May 2024 Winkie’s piece explains why anyone would want to do this (and the first reading list linked above also includes stories that go deeper into fecal microbiota transplants—an unconventional method that treats C. diff, a bacterial infection affecting the gut). Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, 22 May 2024 Share [Findings] Skin swabs are three times as accurate as fecal samples at predicting a person’s age. Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 22 May 2024 Transferring fecal bacteria and other microbes from a healthy individual to a someone who is ill can help restore the balance of bacteria in the intestines. Jordan Greene, Peoplemag, 17 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for fecal 

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Word History

First Known Use

1541, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fecal was in 1541

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Cite this Entry

“Fecal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fecal. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


variants or chiefly British faecal
: of, relating to, or constituting feces
fecal incontinence
fecal matter
fecally adverb
or chiefly British faecally

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