stool

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noun

1
a
: a seat usually without back or arms supported by three or four legs or by a central pedestal
b
: a low bench or portable support for the feet or knees : footstool
2
: a seat used as a symbol of office or authority
also : the rank, dignity, office, or rule of a chieftain
3
a
: a discharge of fecal matter
b
: a seat used while defecating or urinating
4
a
: a stump or group of stumps of a tree especially when producing suckers
b
: a plant crown from which shoots grow out
c
: a shoot or growth from a stool
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stool

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verb

stooled; stooling; stools

intransitive verb

: to throw out shoots in the manner of a stool

Examples of stool in a Sentence

Noun She sat on a stool. The patient had bloody stools.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Its gentle laxative effect draws water into the intestines to soften stool and promote bowel movements.14 Mary Ruth’s products are third-party tested for accurate ingredient amounts, microbial contaminants, and heavy metals, and this product is a Clean Label Project Award Winner. Jenny Friedman, Ms, Parents, 31 Mar. 2024 Laxative Supplements These work to increase intestinal motility (an essential part of digestion), alter stool form, and/or increase stool frequency.3 Osmotic laxatives: Draw water into the colon, which can help to hydrate (soften) stool and speed up emptying time. Suzanne Finkel, Verywell Health, 25 Mar. 2024 Although small, kernels often pass through your digestive system intact—ending up in your stool. Amanda MacMillan, Health, 24 Mar. 2024 Now, though, new techniques have made stool samples less likely to come back positive in the absence of cancer. Binghui Huang, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Mar. 2024 High sodium diets and higher sodium levels in stool are significantly linked to metabolic disorders, including elevated blood sugar, fatty liver disease and weight gain. Christopher Damman, The Conversation, 12 Mar. 2024 The bar area offers 16 bar stools and 30 more seats have been added in the dining areas. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Mar. 2024 The cake is placed on a stool in front of Josiah while Zach and Tori try to rally their older kids to stand behind them. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 18 Mar. 2024 Still, neither the stool nor blood test will replace the colonoscopy for high-risk populations, such as those with inflammatory bowel disease, Imperiale said. Binghui Huang, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Mar. 2024
Verb
Soluble fiber is famous for its ability to gel in the digestive tract and add soft bulk to stool. Suzanne Finkel, Verywell Health, 25 Mar. 2024 Try navy stools in Midnight and Chenille Tweed, a performance fabric designed to camouflage wear and tear. Addie Morton, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Jan. 2024 Half of these actors presented a moderate case of diarrhea (describing four to five loose stools the previous night) and the other half were told to present a severe case (10 -12 loose stools the previous night and symptoms of dehydration). Kamala Thiagarajan, NPR, 27 Feb. 2024 Presson says standard countertop height is 36 inches, so stools between 24-27 inches work best. Addie Morton, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Jan. 2024 The raw, textured concrete on the walls is juxtaposed by a soft blue and white rug, a wooden Pierre Jeanneret desk, and sleek Donald Judd stools. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 12 Feb. 2024 Most leather bar stools on the market feature chunky backrests that resemble living room recliners. Addie Morton, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Jan. 2024 The State Dining Room has been transformed into Santa's workshop, with elves' workbenches, stools and ladders circling the Christmas trees and tools and gifts-in-progress rounding out the décor. CBS News, 27 Nov. 2023 This soluble fiber adds bulk to stool and ensures its smooth passage through the GI tract. Lauren Manaker Ms, Rdn, Ld, Verywell Health, 5 Oct. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, from Old English stōl; akin to Old High German stuol chair, Old Church Slavonic stolŭ seat, throne

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1770, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stool was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Stool.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stool. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

stool

noun
ˈstül
1
a
: a seat without back or arms supported by three or four legs or by a central post
b
2
a
: a seat used while urinating or having a bowel movement
b
: a mass of bodily waste discharged from the intestine in a bowel movement

Medical Definition

stool

noun
: a discharge of fecal matter
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