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



BrE BrE//ɪnˈkɒntɪnəns//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkɑːntɪnəns//
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the lack of ability to control the bladder and bowels opposite continence Word Originlate 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