ileus

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noun il·e·us \ˈi-lē-əs\

Definition of ileus

  1. :  obstruction of the bowel; especially :  functional obstruction of the gastrointestinal tract and especially the small intestine that is marked by the absence of peristalsis, is usually accompanied by abdominal pain, bloating, and sometimes nausea and vomiting, and typically occurs following abdominal surgery

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Origin and Etymology of ileus

Latin, from Greek eileos, from eilyein to roll — more at voluble


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ileus

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noun il·e·us \ˈil-ē-əs\

Medical Definition of ileus

  1. :  obstruction of the bowel; specifically :  functional obstruction of the gastrointestinal tract and especially the small intestine that is marked by the absence of peristalsis, is usually accompanied by abdominal pain, bloating, and sometimes nausea and vomiting, and typically occurs following abdominal surgery—called also paralytic ileus; compare volvulus


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