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 This digital diary could yield valuable health insights and facilitate early, noninvasive diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome or colorectal cancer, Dr. Park says. Benoit Morenne, WSJ, 2 July 2021 For patients with irritable bowel syndrome, vaccines appear to be safe and to provide about 80% protection, which is lower than for totally healthy people but still good, Melmed said. USA Today, 27 June 2021 For example, Pear bought apps for posttraumatic stress disorder from USC, acute and chronic pain from Firsthand Technology, and irritable bowel syndrome from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Katie Jennings, Forbes, 22 June 2021 People with the condition also struggled with conditions like migraine, irritable bowel syndrome, a functional neurological disorder, and chronic pain. Korin Miller,, 12 May 2021 This may be why irritable bowel syndrome is a common symptom of PTSD. Meryl Davids Landau, Good Housekeeping, 7 May 2021 Jesaja Brinkmann, who attended the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, cofounded Cara Care to serve as the mobile app destination to manage gut health, including irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease and indigestion. Alexandra Sternlicht, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 The startup, which has raised $11 million, helps patients with digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome live a healthier life through dietary guidance, symptom tracking and mental health interventions. Katie Jennings, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2021 When used alongside other treatments, turmeric may help treat irritable bowel syndrome as well. Angela Watson,, 19 Mar. 2021

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1943, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jul 2021

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“Irritable bowel syndrome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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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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