tenesmus

noun
te·​nes·​mus | \ tə-ˈnez-məs How to pronounce tenesmus (audio) \

Definition of tenesmus

: a distressing but ineffectual urge to evacuate the rectum or bladder

First Known Use of tenesmus

1527, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tenesmus

Latin, from Greek teinesmos, from teinein to stretch, strain — more at thin

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tenesmus

noun
te·​nes·​mus | \ tə-ˈnez-məs How to pronounce tenesmus (audio) \

Medical Definition of tenesmus

: a distressing but ineffectual urge to evacuate the rectum or urinary bladder

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