Dys"en*ter*y(?), n. [L. dysenteria, Gr. ; dys- ill, bad + , pl. , intestines, fr. 'ento`s within, fr. in, akin to E. in: cf. F. dysenterie. See Dys, and In.] (Med.) A disease attended with inflammation and ulceration of the colon and rectum, and characterized by griping pains, constant desire to evacuate the bowels, and the discharge of mucus and blood.
When acute, dysentery is usually accompanied with high fevers. It occurs epidemically, and is believed to be communicable through the medium of the alvine discharges.
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