Dysentery : Definition

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Pronunciation : Dys"en*ter*y
Part of Speech : n.
Etymology : [L. dysenteria, Gr. in: cf. F. dysenterie. See Dys, and In.] (Med.)
Definition : Defn: A disease attended with inflammation and ulceration of the colon and rectum, and characterized by griping pains, constant desire to evacuate the bowels, and the discharge of mucus and blood.

Note: When acute, dysentery is usually accompanied with high fevers. It occurs epidemically, and is believed to be communicable through the medium of the alvine discharges.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

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