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irritable bowel syndrome

noun Pathology.
  1. any combination of common disturbances of the bowel, as diarrhea or constipation, occurring with abdominal pain, sometimes accompanied by psychological stress. Abbreviation: IBS
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Also called irritable colon, spastic colon.
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abbreviation for
  1. irritable bowel syndrome
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irritable bowel syndrome

  1. med a chronic condition of recurring abdominal pain with constipation or diarrhoea or both
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irritable bowel syndrome

  1. A gastrointestinal disorder without demonstrable organic pathology, characterized by abdominal cramping, constipation, diarrhea, and mucus in the stool.
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