irritable bowel syndrome


Definition of irritable bowel syndrome

: a chronic functional disorder of the colon that is characterized especially by constipation or diarrhea, cramping abdominal pain, and the passage of mucus in the stool abbreviation IBS

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Recent Examples on the Web Emma Curtis suffers from irritable bowel syndrome, exacerbated by the anxiety the covid-19 crisis has caused. The Economist, "Sanitation Lockdown and the toilet problem," 13 June 2020 And for people with irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease or Crohn'sdisease, stress can increase their painful symptoms, such as cramping and diarrhea. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "From migraines to asthma to shingles: The physical toll coronavirus-related stress takes on your body and how to combat it," 14 May 2020 Placebos have long been known to effectively alleviate symptoms for a variety of conditions and ailments, from pain and nausea to sleep disorders and even irritable bowel syndrome. Cindi May, Scientific American, "Some Relief for Test Anxiety Is Found in an Unusual Treatment," 19 Nov. 2019 Clauw and his Michigan colleagues believe that central sensitization shows up in myriad conditions, from irritable bowel syndrome to chronic pelvic pain to dry eye disease. Amber Dance, Scientific American, "The Unexpected Diversity of Pain," 20 Jan. 2020 This increased permeability, which can be brought on by anything from genetics to poor diet to stress, has been shown to play a role in gastrointestinal issues, including celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, and irritable bowel syndrome. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, "Bone broth: a miraculous health tonic, or just a crock of soup?," 6 Feb. 2020 Take Linzess, a drug to treat irritable bowel syndrome and severe constipation. Hannah Fresques, ProPublica, "Doctors Prescribe More of a Drug If They Receive Money from a Pharma Company Tied to It," 20 Dec. 2012 The images will be used to teach an artificial intelligence to tell the difference between stool that’s consistent with good health and stool that could be evidence of gastrointestinal ailments like irritable bowel syndrome or Crohn’s disease. NBC News, "Why 100,000 poop photos may bring the next big thing in fitness tracking," 28 Oct. 2019 As part of its efforts to fill this knowledge gap, Nestlé collaborated with scientists at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, to characterize the role of gut microbes in an experimental model of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Enea Rezzonico, Scientific American, "Nestlé's research on nutrition and the human gut microbiome," 17 Feb. 2015

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1943, in the meaning defined above

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“Irritable bowel syndrome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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irritable bowel syndrome


Medical Definition of irritable bowel syndrome

: a chronic functional disorder of the colon that is of unknown etiology but is often associated with abnormal intestinal motility and increased sensitivity to visceral pain and that is characterized by diarrhea or constipation or diarrhea alternating with constipation, abdominal pain or discomfort, abdominal bloating, and passage of mucus in the stool abbreviation IBS

called also irritable colon, irritable colon syndrome, mucous colitis, spastic colon

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