Definition of Crohn's disease in English:

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Crohn's disease

Pronunciation: /ˈkrōnz dəˌzēz/


A chronic inflammatory disease of the intestines, especially the colon and ileum, associated with ulcers and fistulae.
Example sentences
  • Two kinds of inflammatory bowel disease are Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
  • His major interest is in what's called Inflammatory Bowel Disease, that's Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
  • Stomas are commonly necessary in sufferers of inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.


1930s: named after Burrill B. Crohn (1884–1983), American pathologist, who was among the first to describe it.

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Syllabification: Crohn's dis·ease

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