Definition of incontinence noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

incontinence

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkɒntɪnəns//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkɑːntɪnəns//
 
[uncountable]
 
jump to other results
the lack of ability to control the bladder and bowels opposite continence Word Origin late Middle English (in sense (2)): from Old French, or from Latin incontinent-, from in- ‘not’ + continent- ‘holding together’ (see continent). Sense (1) dates from the early 19th cent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: incontinence