Dysentery meaning

dĭsən-tĕrē
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.

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An inflammatory disorder of the lower intestinal tract, usually caused by a bacterial, parasitic, or protozoan infection and resulting in pain, fever, and severe diarrhea, often accompanied by the passage of blood and mucus.
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Any of various intestinal inflammations characterized by abdominal pain and frequent and intense diarrhea with bloody, mucous feces.
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Any of several inflammatory disorders of the intestines, especially the colon, characterized by abdominal pain, fever, and severe diarrhea often with blood and mucus in the stool, usually caused by infection with bacteria or parasitic protozoans.
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A gastrointestinal disease characterized by severe, often bloody diarrhea, usually caused by infection with bacteria or parasites.
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(pathology) A disease characterised by inflammation of the intestines, especially the colon (large intestine), accompanied by pus (white blood cells) in the feces, fever, pain in the abdomen, high volume of diarrhea, and possible blood in the feces.
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Origin of dysentery

  • Middle English dissenterie from Old French from Latin dysenteria from Greek dusenteriā dus- dys- enteron intestine en in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French dissenterie, from Latin dysenteria, from Ancient Greek δυσεντερία (dusenteria), from δυσ- (dus-, “bad”) + ἔντερα (entera, “bowels”).

    From Wiktionary