- intestinal obstruction characterized by lack of peristalsis and leading to severe colicky pain and vomiting.
Origin of ileus
1700–10; < Latin īleus colic < Greek eileós, equivalent to eile- (stem of eílein to roll) + -os noun suffix
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Examples from the Web for ileus
In respect to the introsusception and hernia, see Ileus, Class I. 3.
That is natural, but it is a shock to have him here described as son of Ileus.
The son of Ileus is "Ajax the less," a hero of the second rank.
Is the seat or cause of the ileus always below the valve of the colon, and that of the cholera above it?
Whence it appears, that the enteritis with hard quick pulse differs from Ileus, described in Class I. 3.
- obstruction of the intestine, esp the ileum, by mechanical occlusion or as the result of distension of the bowel following loss of muscular action
C18: from Latin īleos severe colic, from Greek eileos a rolling, twisting, from eilein to roll
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Word Origin and History for ileus
painful intestinal condition, 1706, from Latin ileus "severe colic," from Greek ileos "colic," from eilein "to turn, squeeze," from PIE *wel- "to turn, roll" (see volvox).
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