paruresis

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paruresis (uncountable)

  1. The inability to urinate in the presence of others
    • 1996, Bradley Hennenfent, M.D., Roseville Books, The Prostatitis Syndromes: Approaches to Treating Bacterial Prostatitis, page 59
      Completely normal men who develop prostatitis will suddenly come down with urinary paruresis as one of their symptoms.
    • 2003, Clara Greed, Inclusive Urban Design: Public Toilets, page 100
      Piss-shyness (paruresis) may prevent sufferers from using a public restroom.
    • 2006, Bernie Warren, Suffering the Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Fortune, page 105
      Paruresis had previously been classified as a social phobia but current thinking about paruresis is that for diagnostic purposes it is classified as a Social Anxiety Disorder in ...DSM-IV.

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