Dysentery Dys"en*ter*y, n. [L. dysenteria, Gr. ?; dys- 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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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