Dysentery Definition

Any of various intestinal inflammations characterized by abdominal pain and frequent and intense diarrhea with bloody, mucous 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

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