noun, plural il·e·a [il-ee-uh] /ˈɪl i ə/.
Origin of ileum
Examples from the Web for ileum
The ileum is the part of the small intestine most frequently the seat of disease, but the ileum is rarely affected alone.
In the ileum the mucous folds are obliterated or swollen and thickened.
This patient had also a fracture of the ileum, another of the great trochanter on the same side, and his right forearm smashed.A Treatise on Gunshot Wounds|Thomas Longmore
In one case it was found wound about the ileum; in another, spirally turned at its end and lightly adherent to a hernial sac.
The solitary glands are frequently enlarged and ulcerated, like those of the ileum.
Word Origin for ileum
lowest part of the small intestine, 1680s, medical Latin, from ileum, singular created from classical Latin plural ilia "groin, flank," in classical Latin, "belly, the abdomen below the ribs," poetically, "entrails, guts." Sense restriction and form apparently from confusion with Greek eileos (see ileus). Earlier in English ylioun (late 14c.), from Medieval Latin ileon. Related: Ileitis.