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[en-yuh-ree-sis] /ˌɛn yəˈri sɪs/
noun, Medicine/Medical
lack of control of urination, especially during sleep; bed-wetting; urinary incontinence.
Origin of enuresis
1790-1800; < New Latin < Greek en- en-2 + ourē- (variant stem of oureîn to urinate) + -sis -sis
Related forms
[en-yuh-ret-ik] /ˌɛn yəˈrɛt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • The enuresis at once reappeared and continued unchecked so long as he was at school.

    The Nervous Child Hector Charles Cameron
  • We must drop it for quite three weeks, to give the enuresis a chance to stop.

  • It is the invariable experience that the enuresis then promptly stops.

    The Nervous Child Hector Charles Cameron
  • I remembered my wise old woman, and asked: "When did the enuresis return?"

  • In his dormitory at school was a boy who had enuresis, and who was being fined and punished by the schoolmaster.

    The Nervous Child Hector Charles Cameron
  • I mention convulsive attacks and enuresis nocturna, as pathological affections of her childhood which belong to my theme.

    Sleep Walking and Moon Walking Isidor Isaak Sadger
  • What enuresis signifies in this case is, from the Freudian standpoint, not difficult to understand.

  • It is said that enuresis may be due to a deficiency of the thyroid secretion, and that it can be cured by thyroid extract.

    The Nervous Child Hector Charles Cameron
  • In the later repression the pleasure in the enuresis as well as in the being taken up by the mother becomes a dysuria psychica.

    Sleep Walking and Moon Walking Isidor Isaak Sadger
  • There are certain points in the behaviour of a child with enuresis which seem to point to this conclusion.

    The Nervous Child Hector Charles Cameron
British Dictionary definitions for enuresis


involuntary discharge of urine, esp during sleep
Derived Forms
enuretic (ˌɛnjʊˈrɛtɪk) adjective, noun
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Greek en-² + ourein to urinate, from ouron urine
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Word Origin and History for enuresis

1800, medical Latin, from Greek enourein "to urinate in," from en "in" (see en- (2)) + ourein "to urinate," from ouron (see urine).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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enuresis in Medicine

enuresis en·u·re·sis (ěn'yə-rē'sĭs)
The uncontrolled or involuntary discharge of urine.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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