Definition of tenesmus in English:


Line breaks: ten|es¦mus
Pronunciation: /tɪˈnɛzməs


[mass noun] Medicine
  • A continual or recurrent inclination to evacuate the bowels, caused by disorder of the rectum or other illness.
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    • We did not observe unwanted side effects, such as tenesmus.
    • Patients may have nausea, vomiting, dizziness, tenesmus and low-grade fever.
    • Symptoms typically include rectal discomfort, tenesmus, and constipation.


early 16th century: via medieval Latin from Greek teinesmos 'straining', from teinein 'stretch, strain'.

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