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[fee-kuh l] /ˈfi kəl/
of, relating to, or being feces.
Origin of fecal
1535-45; fec(es) + -al1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fecal
  • Rankings amount to a big stinking pile of fecal matter.
  • The bubbling torrent is full of fecal microorganisms responsible for typhoid, cholera and amoebic dysentery.
  • My brain is burning, melting, is fecal matter sloshing in my skull.
  • Pull back the comforter and sheets and look for the fecal stains on the mattress seams and ticking.
  • The smell is a mélange of midsummer corpse with fried-liver overtones and a distinct fecal note.
  • fecal transplant possibly a treatment for new diseases.
  • Amanda had also seen fecal matter floating in a toilet, police were told.
  • Treating a fecal impaction involves removing the impacted stool.
  • After that, measures are taken to prevent future fecal impactions.
  • Each deer excretes about two pounds of fecal pellets a day.
British Dictionary definitions for fecal


of, relating to, or consisting of faeces


the usual US spelling of faecal
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Word Origin and History for fecal

1540s; see feces + -al (1).

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fecal in Medicine

fecal fe·cal (fē'kəl)
Relating to or composed of feces.

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