Squat toilet

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American squat toilet with tank (Saline, Michigan)
A contemporary Japanese squat toilet including toilet slippers
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A squat toilet (also known as an Arabic, French, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Iranian, Indian, Turkish or Natural-Position toilet; or Nile pan[1]) is a toilet used by squatting, rather than sitting. There are several types of squat toilets, but they all consist essentially of a hole in the ground. The only exception is a "pedestal" squat toilet, which is of the same height as a sitting toilet. It is also possible to squat over sitting toilets, but this requires extra care as they are not specifically designed for squatting.

For a discussion of the comparison between sitting and squatting, see Human defecation postures.

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  1. ^ "Squat toilets in Rochdale shopping centre". BBC News. 15 July 2010.