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enuresis

Syllabification: en·u·re·sis
Pronunciation: /ˌenyəˈrēsis
 
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Definition of enuresis in English:

noun

Medicine
Involuntary urination, especially by children at night.
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.

Origin

early 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek enourein 'urinate in', from en- 'in' + ouron 'urine'.

Derivatives

enuretic

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Pronunciation: /-ˈretik/
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

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