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ileus

Syllabification: il·e·us
Pronunciation: /ˈilēəs
 
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Definition of ileus in English:

noun

Medicine
A painful obstruction of the ileum or other part of the intestine.
Example sentences
  • Gastric retention occurs in many gastric lesions besides outlet obstruction, like gastritis and gastric motor disturbances, and intestinal dilatation occurs in gastroenteritis and ileus, besides obstruction.
  • It may also represent an ileus related to peritonitis or reflex ileus from pain referred to the abdomen from a thoracic disease like pulmonary infarction, pneumonia, or myocardial infarction.
  • This case occurred in a 19-year-old man with small bowel ileus following Klebsiella pneumonia.

Origin

late 17th century: from Latin, from Greek eileos, ilios 'colic', apparently from eilein 'to roll'.

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