tenesmus

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noun te·nes·mus \tə-ˈnez-məs\

Definition of tenesmus

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

Origin and Etymology of tenesmus

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


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tenesmus

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noun te·nes·mus \tə-ˈnez-məs\

Medical Definition of tenesmus

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


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