dysentery

noun
dys·​en·​tery | \ ˈdi-sᵊn-ˌter-ē How to pronounce dysentery (audio) , -ˌte-rē\
plural dysenteries

Definition of dysentery

1 : a disease characterized by severe diarrhea with passage of mucus and blood and usually caused by infection
2 : diarrhea

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Shiga toxins were discovered first in Shigella dysenteriae, the bacterium that causes dysentery. Scientific American, "Why Are Some E. Coli Strains Deadly While Others Live Peacefully in Our Bodies?," 24 Apr. 2018 Cooper suffered acute intestinal dysentery caused by the E. coli, an Egyptian prosecutor announced Wednesday. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "E. coli killed British couple found dead in Egypt hotel, officials say," 12 Sep. 2018 The Europeans who encountered indigenous people in Mexico in the 1500s noted that chocolate was used to treat numerous ailments ranging from dysentery and indigestion, to fatigue and dyspepsia. Jeffrey Miller, Smithsonian, "Let Us Tell You S’more About America’s Favorite Campfire Treat," 29 June 2018 Africans traditionally ground the seed to help with infections and dysentery. Mari A. Schaefer, Philly.com, "Should you eat the avocado pit?," 25 June 2018 As soon as the adoring couple arrived in Venice, Sand was attacked by dysentery. Benita Eisler, WSJ, "‘George Sand’ Review: Monstre Sacré," 8 June 2018 Half of the camp has come down with dysentery & food poisoning. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Service Diary of a Corpsman: Roy L. Wall, LST 509," 28 May 2018 As for emeralds, Van Cleef knows its way around the stone that was once thought to cure everything from dysentery to paranoia. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Van Cleef & Arpels Reveals the 46-Piece Emeraude en Majesteé Collection," 1 Nov. 2016 Later researchers discovered that the EHEC and O157 strains of E. coli had gained the gene for Shiga toxinsfrom the dysentery bacterium through a process called horizontal gene transfer. Scientific American, "Why Are Some E. Coli Strains Deadly While Others Live Peacefully in Our Bodies?," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of dysentery

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dysentery

Middle English dissenterie, from Latin dysenteria, from Greek, from dys- + enteron intestine — more at inter-

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dysentery

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dysentery

medical : a serious disease that causes severe diarrhea and a loss of blood

dysentery

noun
dys·​en·​tery | \ ˈdi-sᵊn-ˌter-ē How to pronounce dysentery (audio) \

Kids Definition of dysentery

: a disease marked especially by severe often bloody diarrhea

dysentery

noun
dys·​en·​tery | \ ˈdis-ᵊn-ˌter-ē How to pronounce dysentery (audio) \
plural dysenteries

Medical Definition of dysentery

1 : a disease characterized by severe diarrhea with passage of mucus and blood and usually caused by infection
2 : diarrhea

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