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melena

noun me·le·na

Medical Definition of melena

  1. :  the passage of dark tarry stools containing decomposing blood that is usually an indication of bleeding in the upper part of the alimentary canal and especially the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum—compare hematochezia

  2. me·le·nic \mə-ˈlē-nik\play adjective



Variants of melena

or chiefly British me·lae·na \mə-ˈlē-nə\play

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  1. Spanish Central: Translation of "melena"


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