What are the different types of stools?

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William B. Salt II., MD
Gastroenterology
Stool form can be quite variable, and gastroenterologists have actually classified various stool forms into seven types:

Type 1 -- Separate hard lumps like nuts (difficult to pass)
Type 2 -- Sausage shaped but lumpy
Type 3 -- Like a sausage but with cracks on its surface
Type 4 -- Like a sausage or snake, smooth and soft
Type 5 -- Soft blobs with clear-cut edges (passed easily)
Type 6 -- Fluffy pieces with raged edges, a mushy stool
Type 7 -- Watery, no solid pieces, entirely liquid
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