from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The uncontrolled or involuntary discharge of urine.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. involuntary urination, urinary incontinence
- n. nighttime enuresis, bedwetting
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An involuntary discharge of urine; incontinence of urine.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pathology, incontinence or involuntary discharge of urine.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. inability to control the flow of urine and involuntary urination
Best of all, Silverman touches all the milestones and wet spots of the titular affliction, medically known as enuresis: parents who get up at night with the bedwetting child, fear of embarrassment on a sleepover, the electric pad in the bed that jolts the child awake with its alarm, the prescient doctor who declares early on that she'll outgrow it (and she does).
If one was to look at the peer review literature into the "medical" treatment of conditions such as enuresis, colic and asthma, one would see that the efficacy of their use is no better than chiropractic.
I feel that some such brief examination is necessary if we are to understand correctly the ætiology of some of the most troublesome disorders of childhood, such as enuresis, anorexia, dyspepsia, or constipation, disorders in which the nervous element is perhaps to-day not sufficiently emphasised.
Removal of tonsils and adenoid vegetations might conceivably cure an enuresis which is nocturnal, it cannot account for an incontinence which spreads to the day.
But until I read this opinion, I didn't know what "enuresis" was.
Though common, bed-wetting medical term: enuresis tends to go away for most kids by age four or five.
And the story of his sister who was much older than he before outgrowing her nighttime enuresis issue.
Actually, that reminds me that I do have an eccentricity or two of my own (no, not enuresis!)
She did pleasant things like forcing the children to eat their own vomit for being greedy, and making a child with nighttime enuresis (bed-wetting) at the age of 4 wear a sign reminding everybody that she was an evil attention-seeker.
Bed wetting — also known as nocturnal enuresis, although there are many causes for bedwetting besides sleep apnea.