- Dysentery is defined as a severe intestinal infection that causes diarrhea which sometimes has blood and mucus in it.
An example of dysentery is when you get an infection in your intestines and you have uncontrollable diarrhea.
Origin of dysenteryMiddle English dissenterie ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin dysenteria ; from Classical Greek ; from dys-, dys- + enteron, plural entera, bowels: see inter-
Origin of dysenteryMiddle English dissenterie, from Old French, from Latin dysenteria, from Greek dusenteriā : dus-, dys- + enteron, intestine; see en in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural dysenteries)
From Old French dissenterie, from Latin dysenteria, from Ancient Greek δυσεντερία (dusenteria), from δυσ- (dus-, “bad”) + ἔντερα (entera, “bowels”).