Meaning of “bowel movement” in the English Dictionary

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"bowel movement" in British English

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bowel movementnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbaʊ.əl ˌmuːv.mənt/ us /ˈbaʊ.əl ˌmuːv.mənt/ polite expression

Examples from literature

  • And in order to secure this regular bowel movement, regularity in the time of going to the toilet is a prime necessity. 
  • I asked him about his bowel function and he said that he was never constipated, had "a daily bowel movement without a lot of straining." 
  • Most people think they are not constipated because they have a bowel movement almost every day, accomplished without straining. 
  • There should be at least one bowel movement of this kind each day. 
  • This will in nearly all cases insure a speedy and satisfactory bowel movement. 

(Definition of “bowel movement” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bowel movement" in American English

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bowel movementnoun [ C ]

us /ˈbɑʊ·əl ˌmuv·mənt, ˈbɑʊl/

the excretion of solid waste from the body

(Definition of “bowel movement” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)