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dysentery


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dysentery  \Dys"en*ter*y\,  n.  [L.  dysenteria,  Gr  ?;  ?  ill,  bad  + 
  ?,  pl  ?,  intestines,  fr  'ento`s  within,  fr  ?  in  akin  to 
  E.  in:  cf  F.  dysenterie.  See  {Dys},  and  {In}.]  (Med.) 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dysentery 
  n  :  an  infection  of  the  intestines  marked  by  severe  diarrhea 




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