ileus


il·e·us

noun \ˈi-lē-əs\

Definition of ILEUS

:  mechanical or functional obstruction of the bowel

Origin of ILEUS

Latin, from Greek eileos, from eilyein to roll — more at voluble
First Known Use: 1693

il·e·us

noun \ˈil-ē-əs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ILEUS

: obstruction of the bowel; specifically : a condition that is commonly marked by a painful distended abdomen, vomiting of dark or fecal matter, toxemia, and dehydration and that results when the intestinal contents back up because peristalsis fails although the lumen is not occluded—compare volvulus

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