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Definition of Fecal incontinence

Fecal incontinence: Inability to hold feces in the rectum. This is due to failure of voluntary control over the anal sphincters permitting untimely passage of feces and gas. Also called rectal incontinence.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 8/28/2013

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