noun \ˈdi-sən-ˌter-ē, -ˌte-rē\

medical : a serious disease that causes severe diarrhea and a loss of blood

plural dys·en·ter·ies

Full Definition of DYSENTERY

:  a disease characterized by severe diarrhea with passage of mucus and blood and usually caused by infection
:  diarrhea


Middle English dissenterie, from Latin dysenteria, from Greek, from dys- + enteron intestine — more at inter-
First Known Use: 14th century

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noun \ˈdis-ən-ˌter-ē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural dys·en·ter·ies

Medical Definition of DYSENTERY

: a disease characterized by severe diarrhea with passage of mucus and blood and usually caused by infection


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Infectious intestinal disorder. It is characterized by inflammation, abdominal pain and straining, and diarrhea, often containing blood and mucus. Dysentery is spread in food or water contaminated by feces, often by infected individuals with unwashed hands. Bacillary dysentery (shigellosis), caused by Shigella bacteria, may be mild or may be sudden, severe, and fatal. Fluid loss causes dehydration. Advanced stages include chronic large-intestine ulceration. It is treated with antibiotics, fluid replacement, and sometimes blood transfusion. Amoebic (or amebic) dysentery, caused by the amoeba Entamoeba histolytica, has two forms, one much like bacillary dysentery and the other chronic and intermittent, sometimes with large-intestine ulcerations. It is treated with drugs that kill the amoeba.


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