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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Evacuación intestinal

Bowel movement (BOW-ul MOOV-ment)
Movement of feces (undigested food, bacteria, mucus, and cells from the lining of the intestines) through the bowel and out the anus. Also called defecation.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.