ulcerative colitis

noun

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 The drug sulfasalazine, widely used for rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, does nothing unless gut bacteria metabolize it into an active form by breaking a chemical bond. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "How Gut Microbes Shape Our Response to Drugs," 1 Jan. 2020 The causes are not known, but the disease is linked to ulcerative colitis. BostonGlobe.com, "Brigham and Women’s Hospital has announced that it is launching a first-in-the-nation center to undertake research into primary sclerosing cholangitis, a rare chronic liver disease that can only be treated effectively by a liver transplant.," 26 Nov. 2019 Up to 80 percent of PSC patients also have ulcerative colitis, hospital officials said. BostonGlobe.com, "Brigham and Women’s Hospital has announced that it is launching a first-in-the-nation center to undertake research into primary sclerosing cholangitis, a rare chronic liver disease that can only be treated effectively by a liver transplant.," 26 Nov. 2019 Dealing all year with ulcerative colitis, a digestive track disease, Gibson has faltered down the stretch and put his spot in a potential postseason rotation in question. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cruz hits 2 of 4 homers by Twins in 8-5 win over Royals," 19 Sep. 2019 In 2014, ulcerative colitis required surgery to remove his colon. BostonGlobe.com, "Tara Sullivan: Alex Cora should be one of Chaim Bloom’s best assets," 30 Oct. 2019 In the European Union, Stelara received approval for treating ulcerative colitis and cancer drug Imbruvica won approval for two more uses. Washington Post, "Higher 3Q profit, improved outlook for Johnson & Johnson," 15 Oct. 2019 This umbrella term describes disorders involving chronic inflammation of the digestive tract, such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, the Mayo Clinic explains. Sophie Saint Thomas, SELF, "What to Know About Anal Sex if You Have a GI Issue," 28 Sep. 2018 Right-hander Kyle Gibson, unavailable since Aug. 30 because of ulcerative colitis, will start the third game of the Twins’ next series, Tuesday through Thursday at Target Field against the Washington Nationals. John Shipley, Twin Cities, "It’s D-Day for Twins’ Byron Buxton, sent to a specialist in California," 8 Sep. 2019

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circa 1928, in the meaning defined above

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“Ulcerative colitis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ulcerative%20colitis. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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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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