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tenesmus

noun te·nes·mus \tə-ˈnez-məs\

Definition of TENESMUS

:  a distressing but ineffectual urge to evacuate the rectum or bladder

Origin of TENESMUS

Latin, from Greek teinesmos, from teinein to stretch, strain — more at thin
First Known Use: 1527

tenesmus

noun te·nes·mus \tə-ˈnez-məs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of TENESMUS

:  a distressing but ineffectual urge to evacuate the rectum or urinary bladder

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