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

Definition of fecal

: of, relating to, or constituting feces

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Discouraged by the current era of fake news and alternative facts, Eren was inspired to recreate the frozen fecal knife from Wade's famous account as a way to illustrate the importance of data and scientific testing. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Knives made of frozen feces don’t make the cut, disproving well-known legend," 16 Sep. 2019 Among the objects on display are a fecal transplant kit, a tank filled with zebrafish, a work that simulates the smell of extinct plants, and a perfumed sculpture suggestive of the scent of breast milk. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "This London Gallery Is Working to Be One of the World’s Most Accessible Museums," 11 Sep. 2019 Sacramento County and the Central Valley water board are now preparing a years-long study to determine the exact source of the fecal matter using DNA analysis, Laputz said. Los Angeles Times, "Feces are contaminating the American River. Sacramento wants to know the source," 13 Sep. 2019 People usually catch it by ingesting food or water contaminated with fecal matter from an infected person. Patricia L. Foster, The Conversation, "A newly designed vaccine may help stamp out remaining polio cases worldwide," 13 Sep. 2019 The petrified hunks went from a brown, fecal color to more of a bone-like ivory, Holbrook said. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "London museum is livestreaming a key 21st-century artifact—festering sewage," 18 Aug. 2018 The researchers theorize that’s because the native zooplankton are prone to ingest small particles, then either use them to fulfill critical nutritional needs or excrete them as fecal pellets. Los Angeles Times, "Will Lake Tahoe’s invasive shrimp become the next mass-market health supplement?," 7 Sep. 2019 Dating Andrew, in the fecal sense, was a recipe for disaster. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "Why Does Falling in Love Make Me Constipated?," 20 Aug. 2019 The virus is transmitted via the fecal-oral route, which is why the health department is emphasizing the sanitation practices at public facilities and hand-washing. Naseem S. Miller, orlandosentinel.com, "After declaring hepatitis A emergency, state surgeon general stresses hand washing," 2 Aug. 2019

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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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