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

Examples of dysentery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The plant is a climbing vine native to the region that local people use for its medicinal qualities to treat conditions such as diabetes, dysentery and malaria. Christian Thorsberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 May 2024 Locals use it to treat malaria, dysentery and diabetes. Julia Daye, Miami Herald, 3 May 2024 The plant has analgesic, antipyretic and diuretic effects; in traditional medicine in the region, it's used to treat diseases from dysentery and diabetes to malaria. Bill Chappell, NPR, 3 May 2024 The related liana species, often located in tropical forests of Southeast Asia, are used in traditional medicine to treat diseases like dysentery, diabetes and malaria, according to the report. Anthony Robledo, USA TODAY, 3 May 2024 Complications from acute dysentery might fit the bill, however. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 2 Jan. 2023 In the 1970s, children in Bangladesh were dying in high numbers from diseases such as dysentery and cholera after drinking dirty water from rivers, lakes and streams. Laura Paddison, CNN, 22 Mar. 2024 Better public health measures could also have helped in the 18th and 19th centuries when presidents suffered dysentery and other infections from inadequate plumbing, sewage, and sanitation in the White House and Washington swamp. Lawrence K. Altman, STAT, 16 Feb. 2024 Children are frequently sick with amoebic dysentery. Peter S. Goodman Jes Aznar, New York Times, 30 Dec. 2023

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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 19 Jun. 2024.

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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