dysentery

noun

dys·​en·​tery ˈdi-sᵊn-ˌter-ē How to pronounce dysentery (audio)
-ˌte-rē
plural dysenteries
1
: a disease characterized by severe diarrhea with passage of mucus and blood and usually caused by infection
2

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Since then, experts have used copper in countless applications, from stunting mildew growth on wine grapes to treating dysentery in World War II soldiers. Jason P. Dinh, Discover Magazine, 20 June 2022 Bacterial infections such as tuberculosis and dysentery, as well as smallpox and other contagious viruses, were common killers. Markham Heid, Time, 6 Dec. 2022 He was held captive for 28 months and suffered from starvation and dysentery. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, 30 Nov. 2022 Cabreúvas produce a resin that is believed to help treat scabies, dysentery and urinary infections. Sean Mowbray, Discover Magazine, 3 May 2022 Microorganisms carried by roaches have been linked to dysentery, diarrhea, cholera, leprosy, typhoid fever, plague and viral diseases like polio. Caitlin Mclean, USA TODAY, 14 Nov. 2022 As the floodwater slowly recedes, a new disaster is emerging as tens of thousands grapple with diseases such as diarrhea, dysentery, dengue fever and malaria. Sophia Saifi, CNN, 25 Sep. 2022 Guests hoping to encounter the spirits of former boarders may run into the 8-year-old twin boys who died of dysentery at the inn. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 18 Oct. 2022 Nearly a million people, a quarter of them children, have been displaced, forced to live in temporary shelters where malaria, dengue and dysentery are rife. Aung Naing Soe, Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English dissenterie, borrowed from Latin dysenteria (Medieval Latin desintiria, dissenteria), borrowed from Greek dysentería, from dys- dys- + éntera (neuter plural) "intestines" + -ia -ia entry 1 — more at inter-

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dysentery was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Dysentery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dysentery. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

dysentery

noun
dys·​en·​tery ˈdis-ən-ˌter-ē How to pronounce dysentery (audio)
1
: a disease characterized by severe diarrhea with passage of mucus and blood from the bowels
2

Medical Definition

dysentery

noun
dys·​en·​tery ˈdis-ᵊn-ˌter-ē How to pronounce dysentery (audio)
plural dysenteries
1
: a disease characterized by severe diarrhea with passage of mucus and blood and usually caused by infection
2
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