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    Is there such a term as 'pass motion', meaning 'to defecate'? I've seen the phrase in a medical journal in Singapore.

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    I looked on Google and the term is used, though it seems mostly to be used by South and South-East Asians.

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    I usually hear "bowel movement" as a euphemism for pooping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I looked on Google and the term is used, though it seems mostly to be used by South and South-East Asians.
    Thanks, Tdol.

    So I would say that is not a recognised British phrase.

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    What I would expect to see is "pass a motion" = The patient has not passed a motion for 24 hours

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