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Coprophobia is fear of or aversion to feces or defecation[1]

In humans, the attitude to faeces and defecation has become a cultural taboo.[2]

In the animal world, grazing all animals avoid feces when grazing. Primates also prefer to forage away from feces-contaminated areas. The aversion is believed to be a strategy to avoid infection[3]


  1. ^ Robert Jean Campbell (2009). Campbell's Psychiatric Dictionary. Oxford University Press. pp. 375–. ISBN 978-0-19-534159-1.
  2. ^ D.L. Wingate, "Everything you wanted to know about constipation and incontinence but were afraid to ask." In: Constipation and Anorectal Insufficiency (FALK Symposium. 1995), 1997, ISBN 0792387279, p.4
  3. ^ Goldman, Jason G. "Why do humans hate poo so much?". Retrieved 2019-03-30.