ileus

[il-ee-uhs]
noun Pathology.
intestinal obstruction characterized by lack of peristalsis and leading to severe colicky pain and vomiting.

Origin:
1700–10; < Latin īleus colic < Greek eileós, equivalent to eile- (stem of eílein to roll) + -os noun suffix

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ileus (ˈɪlɪəs)
 
n
obstruction of the intestine, esp the ileum, by mechanical occlusion or as the result of distension of the bowel following loss of muscular action
 
[C18: from Latin īleos severe colic, from Greek eileos a rolling, twisting, from eilein to roll]

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ileus il·e·us (ĭl'ē-əs)
n.
Intestinal obstruction causing severe colicky pain, vomiting, constipation, and often fever and dehydration.

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Ileus is a condition in which there is a lack of intestinal activity.
Postoperative ileus, the transient cessation of normal bowel function, is a universal aspect of colon surgery.
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