feco-, fec-, faeco-, faec-, feci- +
(Latin: excrement, dung; from faeces, plural of faex, "dregs, sediment")
2. The bodily elimination of feces in the form of discrete nut-like masses.
2. To void excrement from the bowels through the anus; have a bowel movement.
3. To become clear of dregs, impurities, etc.
4. To remove (impurities, as in a chemical solution); to clarify.
Defecation or feceation is the act or process by which organisms eliminate solid or semisolid waste material from the digestive tract.
Humans remove waste anywhere from several times daily to a few times weekly. Waves of muscular contractions known as peristalsis in the walls of the colon move fecal matter through the digestive tract towards the rectum for elimination.
Steatorrhea is the presence of greater than normal amounts of fat in the feces which are frothy and foul smelling and floating; a symptom of disorders of fat metabolism and malabsorption syndrome caused by disease of the intestinal mucosa or pancreatic enzyme deficiency.
Malabsorption syndrome refers to any of a group of disorders marked by subnormal intestinal absorption of dietary constituents, and causing excessive loss of nutrients in the feces.
It may be due to a digestive defect, a mucosal abnormality, or lymphatic obstruction.
Fistulas of this kind are usually created surgically in operations involving the removal of malignant or severely ulcerated bowel segments.
Diarrhea may be a sign of fecal impaction, since only liquid material is able to pass the obstruction.
Sometimes fecal impaction may cause urinary incontinence because of pressure on the bladder.
People who are dehydrated; nutritionally depleted; on long periods of bed rest; receiving constipating medications; such as, iron or opiates; or undergoing barium radiographic studies are at risk of developing fecal impaction.
Prevention includes adequate ingestion of bulk food, fluids, exercise, regular bowel habits, privacy for defecation, and occasionally stool softeners or laxatives.
2. Of or relating to feces, or composed of feces.
3. The excrement discharged from the intestines.
4. From the Latin faex and faecis, meaning the dregs or sediment.
2. A hard, impacted mass of feces in the colon; constipation.