necrotic enteritis

noun

Medical Definition of necrotic enteritis

: either of two often fatal infectious diseases marked especially by intestinal inflammation and necrosis and by diarrhea:
a : one affecting young swine and caused by a bacterium of the genus Salmonella (S. choleraesuis)

called also necro

b : one affecting poultry and especially young chickens and turkeys and caused by a bacterium of the genus Clostridium (C. perfringens)

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“Necrotic enteritis.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/necrotic%20enteritis. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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