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1. Containing no matter; empty.
2. Not occupied; unfilled.
3. Completely lacking; devoid: void of understanding. See Synonyms at empty.
4. Ineffective; useless.
5. Having no legal force or validity; null: a contract rendered void.
6. Games Lacking cards of a particular suit in a dealt hand.
a. An empty space.
b. A vacuum.
2. An open space or a break in continuity; a gap.
3. A feeling or state of emptiness, loneliness, or loss.
4. Games Absence of cards of a particular suit in a dealt hand: a void in hearts.
v. void·ed, void·ing, voids
1. To take out (the contents of something); empty.
2. To excrete (body wastes).
3. To leave; vacate.
4. To make void or of no validity; invalidate: issued a new passport and voided the old one.
To excrete body wastes.

[Middle English, from Old French voide, feminine of voit, from Vulgar Latin *vocitus, alteration of Latin vacīvus, vocīvus, variant of vacuus, from vacāre, to be empty; see euə- in Indo-European roots.]

void′er n.


(Medicine) med the discharging of waste matter from the body
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.voiding - the bodily process of discharging waste mattervoiding - the bodily process of discharging waste matter
defecation, laxation, shitting - the elimination of fecal waste through the anus
expelling, discharge, emission - any of several bodily processes by which substances go out of the body; "the discharge of pus"
incontinence, incontinency - involuntary urination or defecation
micturition, urination - the discharge of urine
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These interventions require active caregiver participation and include prompted voiding, habit training, and scheduled (timed) toileting.
Keywords: bladder retraining protocol, evidence-based protocol, nurses' adoption behaviors, nurses' attitudes, prompted voiding, translation science, translation strategies
First-line treatment is behavioral therapy, which includes fluid management, bladder training, delayed voiding, prompted voiding, and pelvic floor muscle exercises to control symptoms of urge incontinence.
If the incontinence cannot be reversed or the person does not respond to retraining, prompted voiding or scheduled toileting, establish a plan to maintain skin dryness and minimize exposure to urine with the use of properly designed, sized and applied products.
Conservative management, such as prompted voiding, can be effective for older patients, but it is resource intensive and not easily sustainable.
When these conditions are ruled out, prompted voiding should be the first-line intervention.
Maccarone recommends behavioral therapy with timed voiding, prompted voiding, and increasing voiding intervals by 15 minutes per week.
Areas to be included are (a) bladder retraining programs, (b) timed voiding practices, (c) the use of prompted voiding by caregivers, and (d) pelvic muscle exercises.
These can include behavioral techniques such as bladder retraining, timed voiding, prompted voiding and pelvic muscle exercises.
Prompted voiding allows patients to respond to the urge to void by independently seeking toileting assistance.
Prompted voiding combines scheduled toileting with cueing the patient to void every two to four hours while awake and praising the patient for toileting and if they remain dry in between.
If a resident has the ability to be transferred onto the toilet and has good trunk control, a scheduled toileting or prompted voiding program should be used.