paruresis

noun par·u·re·sis \ ˌpär-(y)ə-ˈrē-səs \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of paruresis

medical
: an inability to urinate in the presence of others (as in a public restroom) : the fear of being unable to initiate or sustain urination when other people are nearby
  • Paruresis, or intense fear of public urination, is common and often disabling. Many people are simply unable to relieve themselves during, for example, a busy break time.
  • —Adi Bloom
called also bashful bladder, bashful bladder syndrome, shy bladder, shy bladder syndrome

paruretic

play \ˌpär-(y)ə-ˈre-tik\ adjective
    • paruretic symptoms

paruretic

noun, plural paruretics
    • Paruretics are unable to urinate if they are under time constraints, if they use a public bathroom or even in their own home if someone is within earshot.
    • —Lisa Spinelli

First Known Use of paruresis

1954

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