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(Science: gastroenterology) Any of various disorders marked by inflammation of the intestines, especially of the colon and attended by pain in the abdomen, tenesmus and frequent stools containing blood and mucus. Causes include chemical irritants, bacteria, protozoa or parasitic worms.

Origin: L. Dysenteria, from gr. Enteron = intestine

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