ulcerative colitis

noun
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of ulcerative colitis

:a nonspecific inflammatory disease of the colon of unknown cause characterized by diarrhea with discharge of mucus and blood, cramping abdominal pain, and inflammation and edema of the mucous membrane with patches of ulceration

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circa 1928


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ulcerative colitis

noun

medical Definition of ulcerative colitis

:a chronic inflammatory disease of the colon that is of unknown cause and is characterized by diarrhea with discharge of mucus and blood, cramping abdominal pain, and inflammation and edema of the mucous membrane with patches of ulceration

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