Med. a feeling of urgent need to defecate or urinate, with a straining but unsuccessful effort to do so
Origin of tenesmusMedieval Latin from Classical Latin tenesmos from Classical Greek teinesmos from teinein, to stretch: see thin
A painfully urgent but ineffectual attempt to urinate or defecate.
Origin of tenesmusMedieval Latin tēnesmus variant of Latin tēnesmos from Greek teinesmos from teinein to strain, stretch ; see ten- in Indo-European roots.