Definitions for "Fecal impaction"
large mass of dry, hard stool that can develop in the rectum due to chronic constipation
accumulation of hardened feces in the rectum or lower colon which the person cannot move
A compaction of feces in one location such that the movement of foodstuff and waste is restricted or severely limited. Usually requires a stool softener or manual disimpaction to alleviate the problem. A diet high in fiber along with sufficient water intake (8-10 glasses of water per day) will usually prevent fecal impaction.