Ogilvie's syndrome

noun

Ogil·​vie's syndrome ˈō-gəl-vēz- How to pronounce Ogilvie's syndrome (audio)
: distension of the colon that is similar to that occurring as a consequence of bowel obstruction but in which no physical obstruction exists and that occurs especially in seriously ill individuals and as a complication of abdominal surgery

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“Ogilvie's syndrome.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/Ogilvie%27s%20syndrome. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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