noun[mass noun] Medicine
- Involuntary urination, especially by children at night: nocturnal enuresis can be due to a urinary tract infectionMore example sentences
- Bedwetting, called enuresis, is the involuntary discharge of urine during sleep.
- For some young children bladder control is more difficult to achieve at night - enuresis, commonly known as bed-wetting, has been discussed by physicians since the days of Galen and Hippocrates.
- Other surveys have found that children with nocturnal enuresis are more subject to ‘confused awakenings,’ such as night terrors or sleepwalking, than children who do not wet the bed.
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- Hence, 8 percent of 12-year-old boys and 4 percent of 12-year-old girls are enuretic; only 1 to 3 percent of adolescents are still wetting their bed.
- Both the screening instruments did not pick up enuresis as a disorder, though on clinical assessment 5 of 76 screen negative children were diagnosed to be enuretic.
- Achieving continence is also maturational, and children who lag developmentally at one and three years of age are more likely to be enuretic at age six.
Pronunciation: /-ˈrɛtɪk/adjective & noun
early 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek enourein 'urinate in', from en- 'in' + ouron 'urine'.
More definitions of enuresisDefinition of enuresis in:
- The US English dictionary