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 If they are put on a ventilator, some patients require multiple arterial lines for monitoring or catheters for food and fecal matter. al, "“This is war. This is the fight right now,” says Alabama COVID-19 nurse," 25 Dec. 2020 The team looked at three apiaries outside of Hanoi and relied on various field tests to show how the bees employed the fecal matter defensively. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Can animal poop ward off 'murder' hornets? It helps these honey bees defend against their giant predator.," 10 Dec. 2020 That’s not to mention the role livestock fecal contamination has played in recent E. coli outbreaks. Charlie Mitchell, The New Republic, "The Policy Mess Behind the Thanksgiving Feast," 26 Nov. 2020 Polio can cause paralysis, but a vast majority of those who get it, typically through exposure to fecal matter from infected people, experience no symptoms. Kim Tingley, New York Times, "Watching What Goes Down Our Toilets Could Help Keep a Pandemic From Spiraling Out of Control," 24 Nov. 2020 And fecal waste carries with it a great deal of information about the people who generated it. Kim Tingley, New York Times, "Watching What Goes Down Our Toilets Could Help Keep a Pandemic From Spiraling Out of Control," 24 Nov. 2020 When a chimpanzee named Woodstock at Taï National Park in Cote d’Ivoire started showing signs of leprosy, Leendertz decided to screen older fecal and necropsy samples from his library for the disease. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, "Leprosy, ancient scourge of humans, found to assail wild chimpanzees," 11 Nov. 2020 Two protein by-products are especially emblematic of excrement: barnyardy cresol and fecal skatole. Harold Mcgee, Wired, "The History of Poop Is Really the History of Technology," 6 Nov. 2020 The group missed its September window to locate the animals and obtain breath and fecal samples for analysis. Jonel Aleccia, CNN, "Covid-19 tests given to cats, dogs, dolphins and more animal species by US scientists," 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of fecal

1541, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fecal was in 1541

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29 Dec 2020

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“Fecal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fecal. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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