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ileus

[il-ee-uh s] /ˈɪl i əs/
noun, Pathology
1.
intestinal obstruction characterized by lack of peristalsis and leading to severe colicky pain and vomiting.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; < Latin īleus colic < Greek eileós, equivalent to eile- (stem of eílein to roll) + -os noun suffix
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Examples for ileus
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for ileus

ileus

/ˈɪlɪəs/
noun
1.
obstruction of the intestine, esp the ileum, by mechanical occlusion or as the result of distension of the bowel following loss of muscular action
Word Origin
C18: from Latin īleos severe colic, from Greek eileos a rolling, twisting, from eilein to roll
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ileus in Medicine

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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