amebic dysentery

noun

ame·​bic dysentery ə-ˈmē-bik- How to pronounce amebic dysentery (audio)
: acute human intestinal amebiasis caused by an amoeba (Entamoeba histolytica) and marked by dysentery, abdominal pain, and erosion of the intestinal wall

Examples of amebic dysentery in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of amebic dysentery was in 1883

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“Amebic dysentery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amebic%20dysentery. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

amebic dysentery

noun
: severe amebiasis affecting the intestines of human beings and marked by dysentery, pain, and injury to the intestine

Medical Definition

amebic dysentery

noun
variants or amoebic dysentery
: acute human intestinal amebiasis caused by a common amoeba of the genus Entamoeba (E. histolytica) and marked by dysentery, abdominal pain, and erosion of the intestinal wall

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