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

Definition of fecal

: of, relating to, or constituting feces

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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 Deborah Giles, research scientist for University of Washington Center for Conservation Biology and research director for nonprofit Wild Orca, said biologists also were able to get fecal samples from members of J Pod over the weekend. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Scientists attempt to feed live chinook to ailing orca J50, but did she eat?," 13 Aug. 2018 Researchers record the weight and gender of the animals and take fecal samples to determine their diet. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, "A mysterious disease is killing millions of bats. These scientists are trying to save them.," 12 July 2018 Of all the moments in the field, her first time collecting a fecal sample from a Cape buffalo remains the most surreal, Guyton says. Mark Thiessen, National Geographic, "Meet the Next Generation of National Geographic Explorers," 14 June 2018 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

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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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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

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