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

Definition of tenesmus in English:


[mass noun] Medicine
A continual or recurrent inclination to evacuate the bowels, caused by disorder of the rectum or other illness.
Example sentences
  • 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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