Definition of encopresis in US English:

encopresis

noun

Medicine
  • Involuntary defecation, especially associated with emotional disturbance or psychiatric disorder.

    • ‘The treatment for encopresis includes three phases performed under the care of your child's doctor.’
    • ‘My 5-year-old son has been diagnosed with encopresis.’
    • ‘The optimal treatment regimen of encopresis involves both a medical and behavioral approach.’
    • ‘In addition, children who have chronic constipation or encopresis may present with bed-wetting.’
    • ‘Prior to beginning therapy at the Center, Jane's behavior was characterized by continued enuresis and encopresis.’

Origin

Modern Latin, from Greek en- ‘in’ + kopros ‘dung’.

Pronunciation

encopresis

/ˌenkəˈprēsis/