irritable bowel syndrome


irritable bowel syndrome

noun

Definition of IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME

:  a chronic functional disorder of the colon that is characterized especially by constipation or diarrhea, cramping abdominal pain, and the passage of mucus in the stool —abbreviation IBS

First Known Use of IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME

1943

irritable bowel syndrome

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME

: a chronic functional disorder of the colon that is of unknown etiology but is often associated with abnormal intestinal motility and increased sensitivity to visceral pain and that is characterized by diarrhea or constipation or diarrhea alternating with constipation, abdominal pain or discomfort, abdominal bloating, and passage of mucus in the stool—abbreviation IBS; called also irritable colon, irritable colon syndrome, mucous colitis, spastic colon

irritable bowel syndrome

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Chronic disorder characterized by abdominal pain, intestinal gas, and diarrhea, constipation, or both. Other symptoms may include abdominal pain that is relieved after defecation or a sensation of incomplete rectal evacuation. IBS is caused by a motility disturbance of the intestines that may result from increased intestinal sensitivity to distension. Stress or the consumption of fatty foods, milk products, certain fruits or vegetables (e.g., broccoli and cabbage), alcohol, or caffeine may cause similar symptoms. Treatment includes relaxation, exercise, and avoidance of aggravating foods. Antidiarrheal medications or fibre supplements may help lessen symptoms. Although IBS may cause discomfort and emotional distress, the disorder does not result in any permanent intestinal damage.

Variants of IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME

irritable bowel syndrome or IBS

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