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bodily functions

euphemism The normal workings of the body, especially those usually done in private, such as urinating or defecating. When you have three sons, bodily functions are a common topic of discussion around the house.
See also: function

bodily functions

Euph. anything the body does automatically or as a normal occurrence, especially urinating and defecating. The dog needed to go outside and perform her bodily functions. It is not polite to discuss bodily functions at the dinner table.
See also: function
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There ensued much stifled giggling over the fact that a huge Hollywood star actually had the same bodily functions as us - stupid how we think that they don't isn't it?
From foodies and the latest culture of airport security to considering bathroom boundaries and bodily functions, this provides a wide range of topics and hilarious observations that are perfect for any looking for light yet fun readings.
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Divided into five chapters and set in a large type size with plenty of humorous illustrations, they are intended for newly independent readers and should have special appeal to boys, not least because of the frequent references to bodily functions intended, as the blurb says, 'to make your toenails curl'.
Everyone has bodily functions and he's probably only embarrassed because you made such a song and dance about it.
PET (positron emission tomography) scans use a radioactive tracer to produce images based on bodily functions such as blood flow, oxygen use and glucose uptake.
The sign appears to indicate that there are toilets available, though only for certain bodily functions.
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Which is why he has them rolling around, helpless with laughter, at his jokes about bodily functions.
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1 : a natural temporary state of rest during which an individual becomes physically inactive and unaware of the surrounding environment and many bodily functions (as breathing) slow
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