When stool (feces) is released from the bowel accidentally, it is known as fecal incontinence. Under normal circumstances, stool enters the end portion of the large intestine, called the rectum, where it is stored. As the rectum fills with stool, the anal sphincter muscle (a circular muscle surrounding the anal canal) prevents feces from leaving the rectum until it is time to have a deliberate (controlled) bowel movement.
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