shigellosis

shigellosis

[shig-uh-loh-sis]
noun Pathology.
an acute intestinal infection caused by a bacterium of the genus Shigella, especially S. dysenteriae, common among children and characterized by fever, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
Also called bacillary dysentery.


Origin:
1945–50; shigell(a) + -osis

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shigellosis shig·el·lo·sis (shĭg'ə-lō'sĭs)
n. pl. shig·el·lo·ses (-sēz)
Dysentery caused by any of various species of Shigella, occurring most frequently in areas where poor sanitation and malnutrition are prevalent and commonly affecting children and infants.

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shigellosis

infection of the gastrointestinal tract by bacteria of the genus Shigella. The illness produces cramplike abdominal pain as well as diarrhea consisting of either watery stools or scant stools containing mucus and blood

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