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

borrowed from Latin tēnesmos, tēnesmus, borrowed from Greek teinesmós, from teínein "to stretch, strain" + -esmos, suffix of action nouns — more at tenant entry 1

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“Tenesmus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tenesmus. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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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