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Term:
Parent Terms Term With Siblings Child Terms
defecation +     
ultradian rhythm +     
defecation rhythm +  
The rhythmic process of defecation that consists of an intestinal oscillator which regulates calcium waves. These waves in turn control a stereotypical, three-part pattern of muscle contractions. In some organisms, defecation can recur with a regularity more frequent than every 24 hours. For example, in a well-fed Caenorhabditis elegans, the defecation motor program occurs approximately every 45 seconds, and is temperature- and touch-compensated.
negative regulation of defecation +   
positive regulation of defecation +  
regulation of defecation +   

Synonyms
Exact Synonyms: DMP ;   defecation cycle ;   defecation motor program
Related Synonyms: defecation behavior
Definition Sources: GOC:bf, GOC:kmv, PMID:7479775, PMID:8158250, PMID:9066270

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