ulcerative colitis


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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Recent Examples on the Web Other groups that might benefit from zinc supplements include alcoholics, vegetarians and people with digestive disorders such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease, according to the National Institutes of Health's Office of Dietary Supplements. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Boost your immune system for winter with food," 16 Nov. 2020 In 1982, Jennings was hospitalized for six weeks with ulcerative colitis, an autoimmune disease. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "A reporter sketches his ‘Toxic Youth’ working in a New Hampshire factory," 4 Feb. 2021 Briefly: Joe Palumbo is progressing well after suffering an ulcerative colitis flare-up. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "Rangers reliever Edinson Volquez may miss remainder of the season with oblique strain," 15 Aug. 2020 Some people are at higher risk for colon cancer, including those with a family history of the illness or with underlying conditions affecting the intestines (like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis). Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "Actor Natalie Desselle-Reid Has Died of Colon Cancer at Only 53," 8 Dec. 2020 For example, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes autoimmune conditions like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, develops later in life, and your DNA plays a role. Kaitlyn Pirie, Woman's Day, "How Your Genes Impact Your Risk for 5 Common Health Issues," 5 Dec. 2020 Burke is recovering from shoulder surgery, Palumbo from ulcerative colitis and Allard had an 8.80 ERA in eight starts before being pulled from the rotation. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "After bets on Corey Kluber, veteran pitchers didn’t pay off, what’s next for Rangers’ starting rotation in 2021?," 18 Nov. 2020 Abe has long suffered from ulcerative colitis, a chronic intestinal disease, and many worried that the stress of the pandemic combined with his health problems had finally caught up with him. Kaori Enjoji, CNN, "'Do or die' mentality brings Japanese PM Shinzo Abe to the brink," 24 Aug. 2020 As a senior in a New York prep school, different doctors diagnosed him with ulcerative colitis. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, "James Redford — filmmaker, activist and son of Robert Redford — dies at 58," 19 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of ulcerative colitis

circa 1928, in the meaning defined above

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11 Apr 2021

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“Ulcerative colitis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ulcerative%20colitis. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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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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