Crohn's disease


variants or less commonly Crohn disease or Crohn's
: 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

Examples of Crohn's disease in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Garcia is diabetic, has Crohn's disease, for which there is no cure, and suffers from a vision condition that has caused her eyesight to deteriorate over time. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 10 Nov. 2023 Intestinal obstruction could be caused by a number of possible conditions, according to John Hopkins Medicine — from abdominal adhesions, hernias, scar tissue formation, tumors, or even Crohn's disease. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 13 Oct. 2023 Diet soft drinks are no better, as artificial sweeteners such as saccharine and sucralose may raise risk for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, says Kirshner. Alisa Bowman, Good Housekeeping, 21 June 2023 Inflammatory Bowel Disease Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an umbrella term for Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC). Nick Blackmer, Verywell Health, 21 June 2023 Keatley cites people who have poor-quality diets, people who have difficulty with digestion (such as those who have had gastric bypass surgery or have Crohn's disease), and the elderly as some potential candidates for multivitamin use. Allure, 25 Apr. 2022 People with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, or psoriasis may be more likely to develop ankylosing spondylitis, say NIAMS. Colleen Stinchcombe,, 25 Jan. 2022 The program will extend pharmacy care for state employees with ALS, cystic fibrosis and Parkinson's and Crohn's disease. Nyamekye Daniel, Washington Examiner, 17 Aug. 2020 His customers use medical marijuana for a variety of reasons — from post-traumatic stress disorder and severe anxiety to Crohn's disease, cancer, seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease. Caitlin O'Kane, CBS News, 25 Mar. 2020 See More

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Word History


Burrill B. Crohn †1983 American physician

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Crohn's disease was in 1935

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“Crohn's disease.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Medical Definition

Crohn's disease

variants also Crohn disease or Crohn's
: 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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