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 Among other effects, these changes can exacerbate irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2022 These supplement sellers say that curcumin, the active compound in turmeric root, can reduce the chronic inflammation that can increase pain and your risk of fatigue, heart disease, and irritable bowel syndrome. Taylyn Washington-harmon, Men's Health, 25 Aug. 2022 Epicured was the first low-FODMAP meal delivery service designed for customers with common GI disorders like irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s, Colitis, SIBO and Celiac. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Cdn, Nasm-cpt, Good Housekeeping, 16 June 2022 Gastrointestinal conditions like Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or irritable bowel syndrome can also flare up during your period. Korin Miller, SELF, 24 May 2022 He had been treated periodically for irritable bowel syndrome for the past five years and believed that was again causing the discomfort. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 23 June 2022 It may also be confused with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Jennifer "jay" Palumbo, Forbes, 28 June 2022 Probiotics are sometimes advised for those suffering from digestive issues such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and diarrhea. The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 June 2022 It can be used to cure a wide range of symptoms, such as bloating and gas in the stomach, food allergies, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), skin issues like eczema, or psoriasis. The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of irritable bowel syndrome

1943, in the meaning defined above

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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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