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

Examples of irritable bowel syndrome in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Did irritable bowel syndrome cause his gastrointestinal problems? Gina Kolata, New York Times, 6 May 2024 Taking berberine and curcumin together might help reduce the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), new research suggests. Novella Lui, Health, 3 May 2024 Current evidence on probiotics shows some promising results for folks with specific GI conditions, like people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), or anyone simply trying to recover after a bad bout of diarrhea. Audrey Bruno, SELF, 1 May 2024 These foods may trigger digestive issues—including bloating in people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).13 Also, though rare, artichokes can lead to allergic reactions. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health, 13 Apr. 2024 This can help to relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive disorders. Nick Mourtoupalas, Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2024 Other times, broader conditions like irritable bowel syndrome or celiac disease can exacerbate inflammation in the gut, leading to similar symptoms as with lactose intolerance. Max Bennett, Discover Magazine, 29 Jan. 2024 Other studies have connected self-silencing to irritable bowel syndrome, HIV, chronic fatigue syndrome, and cancer among women. Time, 3 Oct. 2023 People living with irritable bowel syndrome experience abdominal pain, bloating and abnormal bowel habits. Taylor Nicioli, CNN, 20 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of irritable bowel syndrome was in 1943

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“Irritable bowel syndrome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

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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