feco-, fec-, faeco-, faec-, feci- +

(Latin: excrement, dung; from faeces, plural of faex, "dregs, sediment")

1. A tumor-like accumulation of feces in the rectum.
2. The accumulation of hardened feces in the colon or rectum giving the appearance of an abdominal tumor.
1. The presence of fecal matter in the urine.
2. The commingling of feces with urine passed from the urethra due to a fistula (an abnormal passageway between organs that normally do not connect) between the intestinal tract and the bladder.

A fistula is an opening or passage between two organs or between an organ and the skin, caused by disease, injury, or congenital malformation.

fecanalgia (s) (noun) (no pl)
Pain caused by elimination of large and hard fecal masses: Dr. Jason thought that Cathy had a case of fecanalgia and asked her to give him a sample of the solid excretory material from the bowels the following day, and told her that her problem could be treated.
feces in the news, Enviropig

A genetically engineered pig, labeled Enviropig, was recently approved for limited production in Canada because it makes urine and feces that contains up to sixty-five percent less phosphorous, Canadian officials have announced.

—From "Gene-Altered 'Enviropig' to Reduce Dead Zones?"
"Pigs modified to excrete less phosphorus win limited approval in Canada"
by Anne Minard for National Geographic News;
Published, March 30, 2010.
feces in the news, having no toilets harming billions of people

A lack of toilets is severely jeopardizing the health of 2.6 billion people in the developing world who are forced to discard their excrement, or feces, in bags, buckets, fields, and ditches.

"The lack of a safe, private, and convenient toilet is a daily source of indignity and undermines health, education, and income generation," according to Beyond Scarcity: Power, Poverty, and the Global Water Crisis, a report commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Much of Europe and North America built sanitation systems in the 1800s to keep humans and their drinking water away from pathogen-bearing fecal matter that can transmit cholera, diarrhea, typhoid, and parasites.

Nearly every other person in the developing world today lacks access to improved sanitation, and 1.1 billion people, one-sixth of the world's population, get their water from sources contaminated by human and animal feces, the report says.

—From "Lack of Toilets Harming Health of Billions, UN Report Says"
by Kelly Hearn for National Geographic News;
Published, November 15, 2006.
feces in the news, human feces used by many farmers in the world

Irrigation is the primary agricultural use of human waste in the developing world; however, frequently untreated human feces harvested from latrines is delivered to farms and spread as fertilizer.

Facing water shortages and escalating fertilizer costs, farmers in developing countries are using raw sewage to irrigate and fertilize nearly forty-nine million acres (20 million hectares) of cropland.

—From "Human Waste Used by 200 Million Farmers"
by Tasha Eichenseher in Stockholm, Sweden;
for National Geographic News; Published, August 21, 2008.
feces, faeces (pl); faex (s); stool, defecation
Waste or excrement from the digestive tract which is formed in the intestines and expelled through the rectum.

Feces consist of water, food residue, bacteria, and secretions of the intestines and liver.

Gross examination of feces for color, odor, quantity, and consistency plus microscopic examination for the presence of blood, fat, mucus, or parasites are common diagnostic procedures in medicine.

An anal laceration (a torn jagged wound) caused by feces.
1. The starchy part of a seed.
2. Sediment subsiding from an infusion.
3. The fecal pellet of an insect.
feculence, feculency
1. The condition of being befouled or besmirched; dregs; sediment, filth.
2. Full of foul or impure matter; fecal.
feculent (adjective)
1. Very dirty or foul; especially, polluted by excrement.
2. Foul with waste matter; of or relating to feces.
3. Full of dregs or fecal matter; foul, turbid, or muddy.
4. Filthy, scummy, muddy or foul; containing waste matter.
5. Etymology: from French feculent from Latin faeculentus, "abounding in dregs, full of excrement" from Latin faeces; plural of faex, "dregs, sediment".

Links to dung, feces, scato- words. Other "dung, feces, scarab, excrement" units: copro-, scarab, scato-, sterco-.

Pointing to a page about dung beetles and ecosystem of pastures Contributions of dung beetles to healthier grazing animals.

Pointing to a page about dung beetles and ecosystem of pastures Survival of dung beetles is vital to successful agriculture.