Crohn's disease

noun
\ ˈkrōnz- How to pronounce Crohn's disease (audio) \
variants: or less commonly Crohn disease \ ˈkrōn-​ How to pronounce Crohn's disease (audio) \ or Crohn's

Definition of Crohn's disease

: chronic inflammation that typically involves the lower portion of the ileum, often spreads to the colon, and is characterized by diarrhea, cramping, loss of appetite and weight, and the development of abscesses and scarring — see inflammatory bowel disease

First Known Use of Crohn's disease

1935, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Crohn's disease

Burrill B. Crohn †1983 American physician

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“Crohn's disease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Crohn%27s%20disease. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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Crohn's disease

noun
\ ˈkrōnz- \
variants: also Crohn disease \ ˈkrōn-​ How to pronounce Crohn's disease (audio) \

Medical Definition of Crohn's disease

: chronic ileitis that typically involves the distal portion of the ileum, often spreads to the colon, and is characterized by diarrhea, cramping, and loss of appetite and weight with local abscesses and scarring

called also regional enteritis, regional ileitis

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