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From Old French dissenterie, from Latin dysenteria, from Ancient Greek δυσεντερία ‎(dusentería), from δυσ- ‎(dus-, bad) + ἔντερα ‎(éntera, bowels).


  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈdɪsəntɛri/
  • IPA(key): /ˈdɪsɛntəɹi/, /ˈdɪsəntɹi/
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dysentery ‎(countable and uncountable, plural dysenteries)

  1. (pathology) A disease characterised by inflammation of the intestines, especially the colon (large intestine), accompanied by pus (white blood cells) in the feces, fever, pain in the abdomen, high volume of diarrhea, and possible blood in the feces.
    • 1959, Tom Lehrer (music), “In Old Mexico”, in (Please provide the album title):
      We ate, we drank, and we were merry / and we got typhoid and dystentery.

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