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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This offseason likely would rate as the best of Jake Diekman’s career if his life was still burdened by ulcerative colitis. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "With ‘nothing to worry about ever,’ this reliever could be Rangers’ closer," 19 Jan. 2018 The majority of people with primary sclerosing cholangitis also have an inflammatory bowel disease like Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis, according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, "10 Crohn’s Disease Symptoms, From Diarrhea to Beyond," 13 June 2018 In my lifetime, a revolution has occurred in the treatment of ulcerative colitis. Jim Carrier, STAT, "Lobotomies were once used to treat this gut disease, part of a shameful medical history," 12 June 2018 Head was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, an auto-immune condition that has led to a daunting treatment regimen. Gabe Hauari, The Courier-Journal, "Oldham County's Sophia Head wins the Courier Journal Courage Award," 7 June 2018 In a 2016 op-ed in The Boston Globe, a patient with ulcerative colitis wrote that his health insurance forced him to try a cheaper treatment for six months, instead of the pricier meds his doctor wanted to prescribe. Alessandra Potenza, The Verge, "To save money, my insurance company forced me to try drugs that didn’t work," 22 June 2018 Arena is now readying for Phase 3 of its ulcerative colitis drug, in which safety and efficacy are further tested. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Arena Pharma recovers from weight-loss failure," 22 Mar. 2018 Sadly, his immune response was so great that the cells attacked healthy tissue resulting in severe ulcerative colitis. courant.com, "Edison N. Bellerose," 12 June 2018 Luke battled a life-threatening digestive disorder, ulcerative colitis, in 2016. Jim Asker, Billboard, "For King & Country Are on a 'Passionate Pursuit of Joy' With New Music: Hear Their Lead Single 'Joy'," 18 May 2018

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circa 1928, in the meaning defined above

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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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