a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that causes scarring and thickening of the intestinal walls and frequently leads to obstruction.
- Also called regional ileitis, regional enteritis.
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British Dictionary definitions for Crohn's disease
inflammation, thickening, and ulceration of any of various parts of the intestine, esp the ileum: Also called: regional enteritis See also Johne's disease
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Scientific definitions for Crohn's disease
A gastrointestinal disease characterized by inflammation of the ileum, resulting in abdominal cramping, diarrhea, and weight loss. It is named after American physician Burrill Bernard Crohn (1884-1983), who first described it.
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