- of or relating to the belly; intestinal.
Origin of alvine
1745–55; < Latin alvīnus, equivalent to alv(us) belly + -īnus -ine1
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Examples from the Web for alvine
In stricture defecation is difficult and painful; in contraction the alvine discharges are painless.
It is impossible to fix any definite rule as a standard of health for the number and quantity of alvine evacuations.
The carriers of the typhoid poison are the alvine and possibly the cutaneous and other excretions.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
The first alvine discharges after we received food, were, as Hearne remarks on a similar occasion, attended with excessive pain.
Common diarrhœa—purging, or scours—manifests itself simply by the copiousness and fluidity of the alvine evacuations.Sheep, Swine, and Poultry
- obsolete of or relating to the intestines or belly
C18: from Latin alvus belly
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