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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Hunger, lice, and dysentery dominated life as a prisoner of war. Angela Charlton, BostonGlobe.com, "75 years later, US World War II veterans say: Never forget," 24 Aug. 2019 In the spring of 1857, little Sophie caught dysentery during a trip with her parents to Hungary. National Geographic, "Life for this Bavarian princess was no fairy tale," 14 May 2019 Illinois Rockford: Visitors to Rockford’s Midway Village Museum will have the opportunity Saturday to take a virtual trip along the Oregon Trail, following the path of settlers in 1848 – and possibly experiencing death by dysentery or a broken leg. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "An interstellar meteor may have slammed into Earth," 16 Apr. 2019 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

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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, 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-

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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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