Crohn's disease

[ krohnz ]
/ kroʊnz /
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noun Pathology.

a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that causes scarring and thickening of the intestinal walls and frequently leads to obstruction.



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Also called regional ileitis, regional enteritis.

Origin of Crohn's disease

Named after Burrill Bernard Crohn (1884–1983), U.S. physician, one of the authors of a description of the disease published in 1932

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British Dictionary definitions for Crohn's disease

Crohn's disease
/ (krəʊnz) /


inflammation, thickening, and ulceration of any of various parts of the intestine, esp the ileumAlso called: regional enteritis See also Johne's disease

Word Origin for Crohn's disease

C20: named after B. B. Crohn (1884–1983), US physician
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Medical definitions for Crohn's disease

Crohn's disease
[ krōnz ]


Enteritis of unknown cause that is usually limited to the terminal ileum but can progress to other segments of the intestine, characterized by nodule formation and fibrous tissue buildup, abdominal pain, and patchy deep ulceration.granulomatous enteritis regional enteritis regional ileitis terminal ileitis
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Scientific definitions for Crohn's disease

Crohn's disease
[ krōnz ]

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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